Elie Wiesel's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

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Elie Wiesel's 1986 Novel Peace Prize acceptance speech is the focus of a instructional activity that asks class members to read and annotate the speech, discuss the main ideas, and to determine what they believe is Wiesel's main purpose.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a study of Wiesel's Night, of Nobel Peace Prize winners, or of oratory
  • Have groups compare Wiesel's speech with those of other winners of the Peace Prize
  • Investigate the human rights references Wiesel makes in his speech
Classroom Considerations
  • While familiarity with Wiesel's Night is not required, those who have read the book would gain a deeper appreciation of the speech
  • Lesson is most effective with prior knowledge of the Holocaust and the responses of various nations to the treatment of the Jews


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  • The seven-page packet includes a vocabulary list, reading comprehension questions with an answer key, writing prompts, and extension activities
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