Projecting the Image - What Can One Person Do?

6, 7, 8

In this lesson students will research the stories of individuals (motivations, background, values) who have received the Nobel Peace Prize and explain why they received it. They will analyze the importance of their actions for the common good.

Lesson Rating 
PrintThree Forty-Five Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • describe the work of various winners of the Noble Peace Prize.
  • analyze how choices made by the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize improved the common good.
  • What Can One Little Person Do? (Attachment One)
  • The Nobel Peace Prize-Laureates (Attachment Two), individual names placed in a box
  • Was the Job Done? (Attachment Three)
  • Student copies of Research Outline (Attachment Four)
  • links to several Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches
  • Costume pieces, old clothes, wigs, shoes−any pieces or articles based on character
Home Connection 

Students will find information about individuals, schools and non-profit organizations that have made an impact toward peace and the common good in their own community.


Rogers, Sally. “What Can One Little Person Do?” The song can be found at​ 

The Official Web Site of The Nobel Foundation 


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Start class by playing the song, “What Can One Little Person Do?” by Sally Rogers. Display the lyrics(see Attachment One). Have students list key words and common characteristics of people in the song. Discuss findings with students.

    Day One:

  2. Play an excerpt from a Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech at Discuss the message and a brief explanation of the peace prize. Pass around a box filled with names of Nobel Peace Prize recipients and let each student group of 3-5 students pull out a name randomly.

  3. After they pull the names, go back to the website and view some of the selections you put in the box and ask the students to match the names with stories. To spur students’ interest in the Nobel recipients, ask the following questions as they are listening:

  4. How did this person represent peace?

  5. What were some key words you heard?

  6. How does someone gain recognition for peace work?

  7. Day Two:

  8. Have the student teams use the computer lab to research the person they chose. The Website may be used as a reference site. Guide students through the process of collecting the research material using Research Outline (Attachment Four). After obtaining the information they need, teams should assign each person in the team a task. One student should present to the class, another can be the writer, one should design the costume and deliver the acceptance speech and one should be the editor and presenter of the final written essay.

  9. Day Three:

  10. Students should present their lessons to the class by reading the introduction and presenting the speech and conclusion. At the conclusion of the presentations, have students make generalizations about what kinds of individual contributions are important to the common good. How did the choices they made lead to the consequence of winning a Nobel Prize? Did the winners of the Nobel prizes have any characteristics in common? What can we learn from them about promoting peace in the world?


Using Was the Job Done? (Attachment Three), the learners will be assessed on group cooperation and oral presentation, punctuation/spelling and content of written introduction.

Cross Curriculum 

Students make posters using quotes and key messages from the Nobel Peace Prize recipients along with photos to promote peace at school, in the community, and on social media.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.