Honoring César E. Chávez

By Eric Antuna on March 18, 2010
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

March 31st will mark the 83rd anniversary of César Estrada Chávez's birthday, a true American hero. You may wish to honor César Chávez by spending some time discussing, or using the lesson plans and resources that follow, to help your students learn how a caring, humble man lead strikes and boycotts that resulted in the first labor contracts and protections for farm workers to unionize.


César Chávez's non-violent struggle to help migrant farm workers has left a lasting legacy for us to embrace and share with others. This humble humanitarian lived his life treating everyone fairly. His vision for equality, justice and dignity for all Americans helped people understand the importance of labor unions for poor and disenfranchised farm workers.

I have gathered some things I found on the internet that I will use with my class as soon as we go back on track. One of the "gems" of my research is the model curriculum lessons found on the California Department of Education's Website. This curriculum uses a standards-based lesson format to provide an in depth exploration into Chávez's life, career and his later work organizing farm workers. The vocabulary lessons and comprehension lessons are very nicely thought out. I've linked to the second grade lessons below, but you can find K-12 grade level materials.












I can wait to get back into my classroom to explore this unit with my students!



Thanks for reading!  If you have any other examples, please share below!








Forwarding your blog to the Beacon Center in Sunset, San Francisco, which is mostly first generation Asian. Thank you a bunch. Chavez was one of my personal heroes of all time.


Thanks for forwarding it! He was a great man that represented much needed change!


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