The worksheet dives into the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, a significant Latin Civil Rights leader. It chronicles his early life in Arizona, his experiences in California working in fields, orchards, and vineyards, and the adversities he encountered during these endeavors. The narrative goes on to recount Chavez’s return to California after serving in the Navy during World War II, his marriage, his association with the Community Service Organization, and his influential decision to start a union, the National Farm Workers Association. Key details of his peaceful, non-violent approach, influenced by notable figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., are highlighted, culminating in his advocacy for improved working conditions for farmworkers.
The objective of this worksheet is multi-faceted. Firstly, it aims to introduce students to the life and accomplishments of Cesar Chavez, emphasizing his dedication to securing better rights for farmworkers. By presenting the challenges he faced and the non-violent methods he employed, the worksheet underscores the importance of perseverance, peaceful protest, and the impact of collective efforts in bringing about societal change. Additionally, through probing questions, it encourages students to think critically about the motives and intentions behind Chavez’s movements, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of historical figures and their contributions.