by Jessica McBirney
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.
Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text describes the hard lives of Mexican-Americans and immigrants who became migrant workers throughout the 20th century in the United States.Pair “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” with “The Chicano Movement” to further students’ understanding of the Chicano movement and the need for change. Ask students to compare how the conditions faced by migrant workers are depicted in both texts.
Empowering the Black Power Movement
"Empowering the Black Power Movement" is an informational text that discusses how the Black Power movement emerged as a major political force for African American empowerment in the 1960s and 1970s.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “The Chicano Movement” and ask students to discuss the similarities and differences between these two civil rights movements. What were the goals of these movements? Was one movement more successful in achieving its goals?
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
- Cesar 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 “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.
Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker
- Felix Contreras
In the interview "Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker," Felix Contreras questions his father about his past experiences as a migrant worker.Pair “The Chicano Movement” with “Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker” and ask students to discuss how the Chicano Movement was partially inspired by the treatment of Mexican-American migrant workers. Ask students to compare how the two texts explore the education of children whose parents were migrant workers. How did the Chicano Movement impact the rights of migrant farm workers?
Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora
- Isabel Dobrin
In the informational text "Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora," Isabel Dobrin discusses the holiday also known as Day of the Dead, its history, and how it is celebrated.Pair “The Chicano Movement” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore expressing and embracing one’s identity. Based on the information in “The Chicano Movement,” how do you think Mexican Americans were treated for publically celebrating Día de los Muertos in the past? Why do students think Mexican Americans celebrated Día de los Muertos during the Chicano Movement as a show of pride?
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
- Sanjana Chetia
In the informational text "Cinco de Mayo," Sanjana Chetia explains the history of Cinco de Mayo and why it has become an important cultural celebration for Mexican Americans.Pair “The Chicano Movement” with “Cinco de Mayo” to provide students with information about the Chicano Movement. What actions led to the successes of the Chicano Movement? How has America’s treatment of Mexican-Americans changed over time? Why was Cinco de Mayo important to those involved in the Chicano Movement? How has the Chicano Movement contributed to the holiday’s popularity?