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Key Moments in WWII: What makes you say that?

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Social Studies +2 Age Level Middle School (12 to 15 years old)

Using the Project Zero Visible Thinking routine "What makes you say that?," students will investigate two photographs, taken from different angles, of Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu aboard the USS Missouri as they signed the surrender that would officially end WWII.

Tags: world war 2; world war ii; general macarthur; carl mydans; primary source; ww2; japanese instrument of surrender; potsdam declaration; inquiry strategy

Mystery Object

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

What Makes You Say That?: Visible Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access