From Electric English...
This accompanies a fresh, clean copy of Cesar Chavez's, "Commonwealth Club Address". This activity provides students with the opportunity to analyze the speech as a whole after its complete reading and use text based evidence to provide support for the main ideas expressed in the piece.
The ideals Chavez espouses pair very well with all different types of literature. From poetry to novels to documentaries about other activists, his unflagging support of an oppressed people shines through. I always thoroughly enjoy teaching this, and the students typically enjoy it to. Its message still resonates today and brings up so many current and relevant issues.