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Nobel Prize lessons – Peace prize 2021

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

Teacher’s guide

A Swedish version of the lesson is available at

This is a step-by-step timetable for the Nobel Prize lesson – a ready to use lesson on the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The lesson is designed to take 45 minutes.

Courageous efforts in the name of freedom of expression
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov are awarded the prize for their courageous efforts on behalf of freedom of expression. For many years, and at risk to their own safety, they have reported on corruption, abuse of power and violations of human rights. In its announcement of the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee proclaims that the two laureates are representative of all journalists around the world who stand up for free speech in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.

Teacher’s Guide (PDF 30Kb)

1. Warm-up (5 min)
Ask your students the following questions.

  • What is the Nobel Prize?
  • Why is it called the Nobel Prize?
  • Are you familiar with any Nobel Prize laureate?

2. Show the video about Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize (5 min)

3. Slideshow (15 min)
Show the slides, using the speaker’s manuscript.

Slideshow (PDF 2 MB)

Speaker’s Manuscript (PDF 300 Kb)

4. Show the interview with Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee  (4 min)

5. Student worksheet (10-15 min)
Let your students work individually with the questions and then discuss their answers with a classmate.

Student Worksheet (PDF 70 Kb)

6. Conclusion (5 min)
Summarise what you and the class have understood, and what you have not understood. You can work with the latter on another occasion.

Links for further information
Press release for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

To cite this section
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