Grade 7 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 4

Students discussing text with teacher.

In this lesson, students continue to examine unions as agents of change. They return to Paragraphs 8–15 of the Commonwealth Club Address to identify the claims that Chávez makes about the UFW. Students should leave with a firm understanding that Chávez believed the UFW changed not just the working conditions of farmworkers, but the lives of all Chicanos. This understanding will help them realize why Chávez can make the claim that the power and influence of the UFW will expand in the future.
• This lesson is effectively the bridge between the two parts of the speech. In the first part, César Chávez lays out the past; in the second half, he describes current struggles and the future. Following the pattern established in Lesson 2, students will listen to the second half of the speech today and annotate for the gist.
• Students also work on RI.7.5 as they relate the first half of the speech to the central claim.
• Consider what structure you will use for the independent reading check-in scheduled for Lesson 5; as you review the homework with students, make sure they are clear about what they need to have completed beforehand and what they should bring to class that day.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the...
RI.7.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections...

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