In this lesson, students will understand how Cesar Chavez’s adolescence as a migrant farm worker influenced his later achievements. Students will read excerpts from Chavez’s autobiography and draw connections around organized labor, social justice, and humane treatment of individuals. Once students have critically thought about these connections, they will write a response supported with evidence to answer the investigative question on the impact of Chavez’s early years. Extensions on present migrant farming practices and adaptations are available for ELLs and readers at multiple levels.
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