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Cesar Chavez Teacher Resources
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Students explore the facets of democracy. For this civic responsibility lesson, students create a definition of democracy and discuss the difference between a spectator and a participatory citizen. Students discuss whose responsibility it is to improve government and protect the rights of the people. Students work in groups to learn about civil society, civic responsibility, patriotism, advocacy and right to petition the government. They then present these ideas to the class.
Fourth graders learn about the equal rights movement. In this equality lesson, 4th graders discuss fair and unfair rules. Students participate in an activity where they are given both types of rules while riding a bus. Students discuss how African Americans must have felt during the time of segregation. Students complete an assignment on Rosa Parks and the equal rights movement.
Students research amazing Americans using America's Library. In this American heroes lesson, students identify criteria for amazing Americans. Students copy and paste text and graphics from websites to use in their own documents. Students then nominate a person and present them to their class. Students also email a nomination letter to the Librarian of Congress.
Students analyze civil disobedience through history studying Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. King. In this civil disobedience lesson, students read and analyze excerpts from Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension of the lesson by creating a skit, digital story, or analysis paper.
Students consider the role of average Americans in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In this Civil Rights lesson plan, students listen to a lecture that outlines the details of the boycott. Students conduct further research about the people who led the movement prior to writing an essay about how to gain support for a social justice cause.
Students examine myths and stereotypes about Hispanic immigrant groups. They appreciate and share the strengths of their diversity and view films that challenge ideas about education and cultural values. They explore the Latino Rights Movements that took shape in the l960's and l970's.
Third graders are introduced to the techniques of proper writing. After reading various biographies and autobiographies, they compare and contrast their own lives to the ones they read. In groups, they develop questions to interview one of their family members and individually write their own narratives.
Students focus on the struggle for minorities rights. They describe the civil rights movement of the late 1950's and the 1960's. They trace the roots of the movement in the second-class treatment accorded many black Americans and describe attempts to correct unfair laws and customs.
Students study satirical and political theatre to learn how performing arts can be used for social change. In this theatre study lesson plan, students read about satirical theatre and create art from issues they see in their own lives. Students complete several activities to study the political theatre.