Dolores Huerta: Building Coalitions to Affect Change
In this lesson, students will explore the experiences of Mexican-American farmworkers in the United States and learn about how they – especially through the leadership of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers – worked with others for improvements in pay and working conditions, as well as respect for their civil rights. Students will analyze primary sources that document working and living conditions at different times in order to build context and then analyze additional sources that highlight the contributions of Dolores Huerta, including a poem written to celebrate her work. Finally, students will write their own poem about a time they worked as part of a coalition to help solve a problem.
Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and Hispanic Heritage Month
Library blog post
Celebrating "One Life: Dolores Huerta"
poets discussing Huerta and reading poems about her
Learning from the Source: Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship
Today in History: Mexican Americans & United Farm Workers of America
background, primary & secondary sources
Primary Source Spotlight: Labor
primary sources, articles, teaching resources
Diana García Reading From Her Work
audio recording & transcription
Civics, English Language Arts
civil rights, coalitions, Dolores Huerta, huelga, labor, poetry, strike, UFW, union, United Farm Workers