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BOMB: The Race to Build-and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon Nonfiction Book Study: Prologue

This book study provides curated information and guided reading and assignments for the book BOMB by Steve Sheinkin

Essential Question

How did the contributions of physicists in the making of the atomic bomb affect the world as we know it?

Student Expectations

We will listen to the Prologue read aloud and actively listen for clues to help build a prediction about the book.

I will write a prediction about BOMB based on the last line of the Prologue, “There is a great deal more to this story. It goes way back,” he said. “I would like to tell it all.”


Activity: Active Listening- Categorizing

As the Prologue is read aloud, listen for key evidence found on the spy, Harry Gold. 

The Clues


In your envelopes are pieces of evidence. Organize the evidence into categories as the author walks us through the scene where FBI agents raid Harry Gold’s home.