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César Chávez
Day of Service and Learning
March 31, 2015

In August of 2000 the state of California  established an official state holiday to honor Latino labor leader César E. Chávez, born on March 31, 1927. César Chávez Day is intended to promote service to the communities of California in honor of Chavez's life and work. 

When the California Board of Education adopted a model curriculum for teachers to use, Chavez' oldest son, Fernando stated: "We’re happy that in the years ahead, public school children in California will learn how my father showed that even the poorest and most powerless people in our society can overcome grievous wrongs through personal sacrifice and non-violent, democratic means." 

Free Booklet of Photos

The Palomar College Cesar Chavez project produced this PDF booklet of amazing photos.

UCSD Sponsors a Series of Events to Honor Cesar Chavez

Educational Resources

Multimedial Resources (2014)

California Department of Education 
Model Curriculum for Cesar Chavez Day

The California Department of Education site provides PDF files of biographies of Cesar Chavez written for each grade level. Click on the link by each grade level below, or go to the Department of Education Cesar Chavez Site.

Lessons for Grades K-5

Lessons for Grades 6-8

Here are some model lessons selected for each middle school grade by Dr. Miguel Carrillo, principal of Meadowbrook Middle School. Lessons marked with an asterisk are ones Miguel STRONGLY encourages teachers to use.

Grades 6-8: 

Additional Online Biographies


Web Based Projects

Grades K-5

  • Cesar Chavez Bio-Poster: A Problem Based Activity  This is an excellent web based project that challenges students to make bio-posters to hang around the city to help people understand the new holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez.  The project includes teacher notes, research information, assessment, and reflection ideas.

Grades 4-6

Grades 9-12

Online Links


Free Online Videos



Recommended Books

(grades 8-12)

Compiled by Ann McGregor, edited by Cindy Wathen, and photographs by George Elfie Ballis, Remembering Cesar: The Legacy of Cesar Chavez, Quill Drive Books, c.2000  Ann McGregor has compiled an absolutely fascinating collection of stories from hundreds of people who knew and understood the passion and purpose that drove Cesar Chavez to fight tirelessly for migrant farmworkers. Just by reading this book and analyzing the vignettes included, students can "meet" Caesar Chavez through those who knew him best.

(grades 8-12)

Atkin, S. Beth, Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers tell their stories, Little Brown and Company, c.1993 - This book captures the current issues of migrant farmworkers through the voices of their children. This is a great book to start the conversation about critical issues for Hispanic youth of today. 

(grades 3-5)

Harvesting Hope
tells the story of how Cesar Chavez overcame many challenges to become a world leader who used non-violent strategies to force changes that would ensure equal rights and improved living conditions for America's migrant farm workers.

(grades 8-12)

Altman, Linda Jacobs, Migrant Farm Workers: The Temporary People, An Impact Book, c. 1994. Linda Altman carefully chronicles the stories migrant farm workers, revealing the horrible working conditions they face and analyzing the rise of the United Farm Workers Union.

(grades 3-8)

Altman, Linda Jacobs, The Importance of Cesar Chavez, Lucent Books, c.1996.  This biography is filled with photos and accounts of the life of Cesar Chavez in order to help students understand the unique contributions he made to our world and especially in the lives of migrant farmworkers.

(grades 8-12)

Anaya, Rudolfo, Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez, Cinco Puntos Press, c.2000.  When Rudolfo Anaya heard about the death of Cesar Chavez, he felt compelled to say something powerful about his life. This book is the poem he wrote to honor Cesar and deal with his death.


(grades 8-12)

Ferris, Susan and Ricardo Sandoval, edited by Diana Hembree, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997.  This book captures the dramatic events of the life of Cesar Chavez and chronicles his tireless fight for rights for the migrant farmworkers.


(grades 4-8)

Rodriguez, Consuelo, Hispanics of Achievement: Cesar Chavez, Chelsea House Publishers, c. 1991 This is an excellent biography of the life of Cesar Chavez. It captures his passion for serving, sacrificing, and using non-violence to fight for the rights of migrant farmworkers.



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