by Maureen Pao, for NPR
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.
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 “Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies” with “Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights” to provide students with additional information about the conditions of migrant farm workers. How do John Steinbeck’s views on migrant workers compare to Cesar Chavez’s? What obstacles do the two texts describe migrant farm workers encountering?
The Sit-In MovementUSHistory.org
This informational text discusses the different forms of peaceful protests that civil rights activists employed during their struggle for equality.Pair “The Sit-In Movement” with “Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights” and ask students to discuss the nonviolent protest tactics used in the civil rights movement and labor rights movement. How did Cesar Chavez borrow passive protest ideas from the Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement? How did refusing to engage in violence during the civil rights movement and the labor rights movement require strength and bravery?
Address to the Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaCesar Chavez
In this rousing 1984 speech to the Commonwealth Club of California, Cesar Chavez describes the horrible working conditions for Mexican farm workers in America and calls for change.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?