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									       John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Read this excerpt from writer John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance
speech, delivered in 1962. Write an oral response to his statement that:

               demonstrates your understanding of his main idea

               demonstrates your awareness of his style

               responds to Steinbeck’s view

               provides support for your interpretation of Steinbeck’s beliefs




            “The ancient commission of the writer has not
             "The ancient commission of the writer has not
            changed. He is charged with exposing our many
             changed. He is charged with exposing our many
            grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to
             grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to
            the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the
             the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the
            purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer
             purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer
            is delegated to declare and to celebrate man’s
             is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's
            proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit –
             proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit
              for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion
            –for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion
            and love.”
             and love."

                                                                                       John Steinbeck
                                                                                     –– John Steinbeck
                                                                                                 1962
                                                                                                  1962




12.2.1, 12.4.2, 12.4.4, 12.5.2, 12.7.1, 12.7.18 / Curriculum Framework / Speak Up!
Indiana English/Language Arts Grade 12 Standards Resource, November 2003
John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Teacher Directions
         Students will write and deliver an oral response to this speech excerpt by writer John Steinbeck.


           “The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many
           grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for
           the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate
           man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit – for gallantry in defeat, for courage,
           compassion and love.”
                                                                                          – John Steinbeck
                                                                                                        1962




Answer Key
         Students’ responses will vary. Their speeches may be evaluated using the accompanying
         reproducible Evaluating the Speech and the Speaker.




12.2.1, 12.4.2, 12.4.4, 12.5.2, 12.7.1, 12.7.18 / Curriculum Framework / Speak Up!
Indiana English/Language Arts Grade 12 Standards Resource, November 2003

								
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