Lesson Plan

California Grape Workers’ Strike: 1965–66

The California grape workers' strike of 1965-66 is the focus of a lesson that asks high schoolers to investigate the strategies farmworkers used to organize and gain contracts with grape growers that ensured higher waters and better work conditions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use during Spanish Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15
  • Prepare images for the gallery walk and make copies of the handouts before launching the lesson
  • If time permits, show the entire Prejudice and Pride film
Classroom Considerations
  • Second of two resources in the Latinx Rights in 1960s California series
  • Requires individual copies of three handouts
Pros
  • Employs a variety of teaching strategies, including a Gallery Walk, See, Think, Wonder, and Think, Pair, Share to engage all learners
Cons
  • None