Nobel Prize

Students learn about the Nobel Peace Prize and the 2013 winner, learn about and discuss the controversy over this year's prize, and make their own nominations for the 2014 prize.

A reading and activities on the Iranian human rights activist and her beliefs about Islam, democracy, human rights, and U.S. foreign policy.

Students think about women they admire, learn about African leader Maathai, and discuss the Peter Gabriel song Shaking the Tree.

Two student readings describe the history of the imprisoned activist and the human rights situation in China today. Discussion questions follow.

A student reading includes the president's statement on receiving the prize, an excerpt from the Nobel Committee's announcement, and a sampling of reactions to the award. Discussion questions follow.

A student reading and questions on the work of this former president of Finland and accomplished mediator.

A student reading deals with the Nobel Prize award, including a few of the basic facts and a view of what can and should be done.

Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus shows how much one person can do to address a huge problem like poverty. A student reading summarizes Yunus' work and leads to suggestions for student action on an issue that concerns them.