Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic César Chávez, and supports the standard of examining the extent citizens have worked to protect human rights. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • What rights do you think all people should have in a workplace?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description on the César Chávez topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the César Chávez Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about César Chávez while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a news report that explains the main results of Chávez’s grape strike.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying how Chávez’s three strategies of strikes, boycotts, and protest marches influenced change for workers’ rights.
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing Chávez’s impact on workers’ rights movements.
  • Primary Source: Listen to excerpts from Chávez’s important 1984 speech and cite details to answer the accompanying questions.

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