Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist

Cesar Chavez believed so much in the cause of farmworkers that he put his money where his mouth was. Chavez quit his well-paying job to organize them into labor unions. Using a speech, photograph, and short biographical video, pupils consider the labor and civil rights activist's legacy. Engaging visuals and stirring oration help young scholars develop their ideas of working for a greater cause and leadership. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use primary sources to discuss how Cesar Chavez motivated people
  • Ask learners to research a current issue facing workers to consider what people should do about it
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of biographical lesson plans from PBS
  • One document is lengthy and may require teacher-led excerpts, particularly for younger pupils
  • Lesson frames Chavez's life in a way that is relatable to students
  • Resource is ready to use with graphic organizers, primary sources, and short video

Common Core