Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970 G)
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2h 24min
Movie Story Line
Events from the American and Japanese perspectives leading up to and including the Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Naval base in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Teaching Idea #1

Define the American government's isolationism foreign policy prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. How did that guide America's involvement in WWII? Outline the time frame and the steps that were taken to change that policy so that America could enter the war.

Teaching Idea #2

For state controlled militaries around the world, the Law or War guides what targets are and are not allowed in lawful war. The U.S.'s ultimate response to the attack on Pearl Harbor was the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended WWII. Compare and contrast these bombings with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Reflect on whether or not the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were in accordance with the Law of War.

Teaching Idea #3

Research the Doolittle Raiders and the daring of their initial response to the attack at Pearl Harbor. In your opinion, was this counterattack a good use of time and resources at this point in the war? What was the impact on Japanese sentiment at the time.

Teaching Idea #4

How did President Roosevelt react to the bombing of Pearl Harbor with Executive Order 9066 and the creation of Japanese Internment camps? How was US Census information used in retaliation against American citizens? Do you think the U.S. government's reaction at the time was justified?