RI.8 Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Nobel Speech p. 372- MyPerspectives Al Gore
What is the most important lesson you can learn from Al Gore's Nobel Speech?
In this lesson, you will read Al Gore’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and then watch a video of Gore delivering the speech. First, you will complete the first-read and close-read activities for the text of the speech. These activities will help prepare you to compare the speech and the video.
Comparing Text to Media
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Al Gore is an American politician, environmentalist, and philanthropist. In 2007 Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in raising awareness of climate change. He delivered a speech at the ceremony to accept the award.
Al Gore's Nobel Speech
Climate Change: A change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. Nobel Peace Prize: An annual award given to people who have done great work for peace. Raising Awareness: Increasing public knowledge, understanding, and consciousness about a certain issue.
Al Gore was the first person to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Al Gore has been heavily involved in environmental activism since college.
1. Why has Al Gore been asked to give this speech?
2. What is the planetary emergency about which Gore is so concerned?
3. According to Gore, how much global-warming pollution was added to the atmosphere on the day he gave the speech?
4. Which American poet does Gore quote in his speech?
Work together in pairs: What do you think is the most important point Al Gore made in his Nobel Prize speech?
Work together in pairs: How did Al Gore's Nobel Speech challenge you to think differently about climate change?
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What Nobel Prize did Al Gore win in 2007?
- Nobel Prize in Literature
- Nobel Prize in Physics
- Nobel Peace Prize
- Nobel Prize in Economics
What year did Al Gore win the Nobel Peace Prize?
What was the title of Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture?
- The Power of Peace
- A Call to Action
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Climate Change and the Global Challenge
What was the main focus of Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture?
- Climate Change
- Peaceful Negotiation
- Social Justice
Who co-won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007?
- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Ban Ki-moon
- The European Union