Curriculum and Grade Level
Additional Online Biographies for K-3
Web Based Projects
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Day of Service and Learning
In August of 2000 the
state of California established an official state holiday to honor
Latino labor leader César E. Chávez, born on March 31, 1927. César Chávez
Day is intended to promote service to the communities of California in honor
of Chavez's life and work.
When the California Board of Education
adopted a model curriculum for teachers to use, Chavez'
oldest son, Fernando stated: "We’re happy that in the years ahead,
public school children in California will learn how my father showed that
even the poorest and most powerless people in our society can overcome
grievous wrongs through personal sacrifice and non-violent, democratic
Free Booklet of Photos
The Palomar College Cesar Chavez project produced this
PDF booklet of amazing photos.
UCSD Sponsors a Series of Events to
Honor Cesar Chavez
Multimedial Resources (2010)
California Department of Education site provides PDF files of
biographies of Cesar Chavez written for each grade level. Click on
the link by each grade level below, or go to the
of Education Cesar Chavez Site.
for Grades K-5
for Grades 6-8
are some model lessons selected for each middle school grade by
Dr. Miguel Carrillo, principal of Meadowbrook Middle School. Lessons marked with an asterisk are ones Miguel
STRONGLY encourages teachers to use.
Cesar Chavez Bio-Poster: A Problem Based Activity
This is an
excellent web based project that challenges students to make
bio-posters to hang around the city to help people understand
the new holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez. The project
includes teacher notes, research information, assessment, and
by Ann McGregor, edited by Cindy Wathen, and photographs by George Elfie
Ballis, Remembering Cesar: The Legacy of Cesar Chavez, Quill
Drive Books, c.2000 Ann McGregor has compiled an absolutely
fascinating collection of stories from hundreds of people who knew and
understood the passion and purpose that drove Cesar Chavez to fight
tirelessly for migrant farmworkers. Just by reading this book and analyzing
the vignettes included, students can "meet" Caesar
Chavez through those who knew him best.
S. Beth, Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers tell
their stories, Little Brown and Company, c.1993 - This book captures the
current issues of migrant farmworkers through the voices of their children.
This is a great book to start the conversation about
critical issues for Hispanic youth of today.
Harvesting Hope tells the story of how Cesar
Chavez overcame many challenges to become a world leader
who used non-violent strategies to force changes that
would ensure equal rights and improved living conditions
for America's migrant farm workers.
Altman, Linda Jacobs,
Migrant Farm Workers: The Temporary People, An Impact Book, c. 1994.
Linda Altman carefully chronicles the stories migrant
farm workers, revealing the horrible working conditions
they face and analyzing the rise of the United Farm
Jacobs, The Importance of Cesar Chavez, Lucent Books, c.1996.
This biography is filled with photos and accounts of the life of Cesar
Chavez in order to help students understand the unique contributions he made
to our world and especially in the lives of migrant farmworkers.
Rudolfo, Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez, Cinco Puntos
Press, c.2000. When Rudolfo Anaya heard about the death of Cesar
Chavez, he felt compelled to say something powerful about his life. This
book is the poem he wrote to honor Cesar and deal with his death.
Susan and Ricardo Sandoval, edited by Diana Hembree, The Fight in the
Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement, Harcourt Brace
and Company, 1997. This book captures the dramatic events of the life
of Cesar Chavez and chronicles his tireless fight for rights for the migrant
Consuelo, Hispanics of Achievement: Cesar Chavez, Chelsea
House Publishers, c. 1991 This is an excellent biography of the life of
Cesar Chavez. It captures his passion for serving, sacrificing, and using
non-violence to fight for the rights of migrant farmworkers.