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MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING PROMPTS
• December 2014 •

Create a Journal

December is the month in which the Nobel Prize is awarded for outstanding achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, peace, literature, and economics. The awards were established by the will of Alfred Nobel, who left a fund to provide annual prizes in all these areas, except for economics.

Find out more about the Nobel Prize, its history, the winners, known as Nobel Laureates, and the selection process by visiting the official Nobel Prize Organization Web site or the Infoplease® Web site. Then, use what you learn about the Nobel Prize to prepare an FAQ for your classmates. An FAQ is a document that poses and answers questions that are most commonly asked about a specific subject. Underneath each question, a brief answer appears. Some sample FAQs about the Nobel Prize are as follows (you may think of others):

  • Who won the Nobel prizes this year?
  • Who established the Nobel Prize, and when was it first awarded?
  • How are Nobel Laureates chosen and what must they all have accomplished in their respective fields, according to the Nobel Committee?
  • When was the prize in economics established?

When you have finished, you may wish to compare your questions and answers with those of your classmates. Then, post a final version on your school's Web site to share the information with other students.