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English 7th March

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Cesar Chavez

Workers, the government businesses, and consumers can all bring about change in working conditions

Closely reading and discussing an excerpt of a longer text helps to deepen your understanding of the text as a whole.

Who changes working conditions?

How do working conditions change?

What role do consumer, government, business owners, and workers play in improving working conditions?

How does a speaker develop and organize his central claim?

(1) RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
(1) RI.7.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
(1) RI.7.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
(1) RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
(1) RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
(1) RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
(1) RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

Define "agent of change" and apply that knowledge to working conditions

Explain the significant facts about the life and work of Cesar Chavez

Determine one of Cesar Chavez's main claims and identify the supporting evidence for it

Identify rhetorical strategies and analyze how Chavez uses them to develop his claims









setting a purpose for research in notebook

exit ticket

entry task

unit assessment

brochure planning guide

working conditions reflection

book review

Tabea Kay, "Ethical Style How is my T-shirt made?" Good, February 9, 2012.

Steven Greenhouse, "An Apparel Factory Defies Swweatshop Label, but Can It Thrive?" The New York TImes, July 18, 2010

Oxfam Austroalia, "Are Your Clothes Made in Sweatshops?" available at

Research Texts: See Unit 3, Lesson 6 supporting materials for a list of texts that students can select to work with as part of their short reseach project. reading lists

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