by Cesar Chavez
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Song of The ShirtThomas Hood
"Song of the Shirt" (1843) by Thomas Hood is a lyrical, repetitive poem narrated from the perspective of someone in the working class.Pair "Address to the Commonwealth Club" with "Song of the Shirt" for an in-depth discussion about workers rights, and the different methods of sparking social change.
The Chicano MovementJessica McBirney
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney explores how the Chicano Movement emerged in the 1960s to empower Mexican Americans and created lasting change in education, workers' rights, and politics.Pair “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” with “The Chicano Movement” and ask students to analyze how Chavez’s speech resembles the experiences detailed in McBirney’s text, “The Chicano Movement.” Students should reflect on how both texts contribute to their understanding of The Chicano Movement and experiences of Mexican Americans at this time.
Excerpt from The Harvest GypsiesJohn Steinbeck
In this excerpt from John Steinbeck's article The Harvest Gypsies, Steinbeck discusses the experiences of migrant workers in America, specifically California.Pair “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” with “Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies” to provide students with additional information about the working conditions of migrant farm workers. Ask students to compare how the experiences of migrant workers are depicted in the two texts. What effect did forming unions have on farm workers?
The St. Petersburg Workmen's Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905George Gapon
In "The St. Petersburg Workmen's Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905," George Gapon requests that Nicholas II grant certain rights and protection to citizens in Russia.Pair “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” with “The St. Petersburg Workmen’s Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905” and ask students to discuss how both texts bring attention to injustice. How do Cesar Chavez and George Gapon both make their arguments? How do both work towards creating change?
Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor RightsMaureen Pao, for NPR
In the informational text "Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights," Maureen Pao discusses the influential farm labor activist Cesar Chavez and important moments in his life.Pair “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” with “Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights” to provide students with Cesar Chavez’s personal thoughts on migrant workers’ rights. How do Chavez and the author in “Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind a Legacy of Farm Labor Rights” describe the neglect that farm workers’ experienced? How did Chavez contribute to improving the conditions of farm workers?
Immigrants in Our Own LandJimmy Santiago Baca
In the poem "Immigrants in Our Own Land," the speaker dreams of a better life but encounters a disappointing reality instead.Pair “Immigrants in Our Own Land” with “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” and ask students to compare the working-class immigrant experiences that the two texts portray. How does each text emphasize the importance of human dignity? What are the attitudes of the poem’s speaker and César Chávez towards hope?