One of the big projects in Fourth Grade is the Living Museum Presentation.
Every student picks a famous historical person for their presentation. They must read at least 3 books about this person and also use the internet. They must take notes that they hand in, create a first person script, dress in costume, have a prop, and give an oral presentation to the class.
Quinn picked Cesar Chavez. We didn\’t really know much about him but ended up learning quite a bit and it made so much sense why Quinn would choose him. Basically Cesar Chavez stood up for the the marginalized population to get them the rights they deserve. Cesar Chavez and Quinn White stand up for the rights of all!
I had Quinn spend 20 minutes every day reading a book and taking notes. And when it was time to write his report it came together so easily. Don and I were really impressed with his writing.
He had 2 minutes to present his report. Here is his final report:
By Quinn White
Greetings. I am Cesar Chavez. I was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona. When I was three, the great depression ruined the economy and water supply and our family was forced to give up our farm. We then moved into a garage in a poor neighborhood and worked on other’s farms. Our wages were less than 50¢ per hour. I also started school, finished eighth grade, and then decided to quit. I kept on reading, though. When I grew up, I met a lady named Helen Fabela. I then joined the U.S. Navy and I traveled to Asia, but I kept in touch with her. 2 years later, I traveled back to America and married her. I then partnered with the leader of the Community Service Organization or CSO. The CSO helped immigrants get a US citizenship, healthcare, and legal services. I then organized a protest for bracero rights. A bracero is a mexican immigrant or someone that has mexican origins. The protest helped call widespread attention to the misuse of braceros, and i got promoted to leader of CSO. I then decided to make a union, but other CSO leaders said it was too risky. So who needs them? I broke off the CSO and formed the National Farm Workers Association. As my union executed our first strike, Thousands of workers refused to farm. Sadly, the growers were not so fond of protesters. They turned to the police, and the police started to harass, even arrest us on false charges. I kept the workers peaceful, knowing violence would hurt our reputation. We then made a boycott on grapes that put tons of pressure on growers and they realized it was no use fighting and started to negotiate with us. All growers decided to recognize the NFW as a union, and we won the war.
And our little Cesar!
The boys loved his protest sign!
The next day when Living Museum presentations collide with Crazy Hat Day 🙂