Dolores Huerta: Collaborating 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 for farmworkers in order to build context and then analyze additional sources that highlight the contributions of Dolores Huerta. Finally, students will complete a writing assignment to reflect on working with others 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
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I love using the photos to get students to infer through observation. I wish I’d had more background information on Delores Huerta before I started the lesson as I didn’t know anything about her. Next time I will research her before I teach to better student understanding. One aspect I dislike is that all of the recommended assessments are writing assignments. I wish there were more of a variety of assessment types from which to choose.
Perfect Mix of Elements
This has all the right elements to keep students engaged. Not only does it have primary source photos, audio, engaging questioning throughout, the students are also held accountable at the end with a writing assignment! The translated Spanish is a bonus for the ELL learners!
Civics, English Language Arts
civil rights, coalitions, Dolores Huerta, huelga, labor, poetry, strike, UFW, union, United Farm Workers