Paired Texts > Barack Obama's Nobel Lecture
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In "Nelson Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture," Mandela accepts the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and discusses his work ending South Africa's system of segregation.Pair “Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” with “Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture” and ask students to compare the two Nobel Peace Prize lectures. What do Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama value, according to their Nobel lectures? How does their discussion of other recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize contribute to their speeches?
In this text, President Obama gives his 2015 State of the Union speech and addresses economic issues and recovery.Pair “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” with “Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture” to provide students with another speech by Barack Obama. How does Barack Obama’s discussion of war and peace compare in the two speeches? Has Obama made progress towards peace in 2015, since his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009?
In this transcription of the podcast, "Nazi Summer Camp", Reporter Karen Duffin discusses the lesser known Aliceville POW camp in Alabama, and the treatment of POWs in the United States at that time.Pair “Nazi Summer Camp” with “Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore war and peace. How does Obama discuss practicing justice during wartime? Do you think America achieved this during World War II? How does “Nazi Summer Camp” support this idea?