Category Archives: Elementary

Elementary Curricula

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Labor in the Schools Committee has produced curricula for students at all levels of education, from pre-school coloring books to college and university readings, to union-based new member orientation programs. Click here to learn more.

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César Estrada Chavez



(1927-1993) Yuma, Arizona

César lived amongst former migrant workers and endured the conditions and racial issues that affected them. Starting his political work with the Community Service Organization (CSO) in 1952, he founded the United Farm Worker’s (UFW) in 1962… Continue reading

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Labor History DBQ (8th Grade)

Click here to learn about Labor History DBQ (8th Grade).

Florence Kelley and the Illinois Sweatshop Law

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Botto House National Landmark

Click this link to learn about the American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark

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Labor Arts

Labor Arts

Click here to visit a virtual museum designed to gather, identify and display examples of the cultural and artistic history of working people.

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K-12 Curriculum Resources

K-12 Curriculum Resources including The Yummy Pizza Company

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Labor Quotes

The use of quotations can be an effective way to engage students in analyzing different points of view. For example, teachers can provide students with the first two quotations below and ask them to explain the point each person is making and state which, in their opinion, they most agree with and provide evidence for their answer… Continue reading

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A Short History of American Labor

This brief history of more than 100 years of the modem trade union movement in the United States can only touch the high spots of activity and identify the principal trends of a “century of achievement.” In such a condensation of history, episodes of importance and of great human drama must necessarily be discussed far too briefly, or in some cases relegated to a mere mention… Continue reading

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Documenting Labor Inside and Out

Documenting Labor Inside and Out uses the Archives of Public Affairs and Policy, located at the University at Albany New York, to document the lives of working people with material on worker’s culture and social welfare organizations. The digital exhibit, created by Cynthia K. Sauer and Brian Keough, makes many primary resources available while adding instructional elements such as: Who Uses Labor Records? and Labor Culture.

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Our Documents

Our Documents is a national initiative on American History, Civics, and Service. It is intended to promote public understanding of how rights and responsibilities have taken shape over time. The National Archives and Records Administration is largely responsible for the project. Click here to learn more.

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Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

“Using Primary Sources in the Classroom” is a lesson plan developed by the Library of Congress. The lesson’s many suggestions concerning the use of primary resources were developed by Library staff and educators from across the country. The Lessons page, located on this website, contains many examples of labor oriented lessons that focus on the use of primary resources in the classroom.

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Child Labor Web Resources

Child Labor Resources at the Cornell University Catherwood Library and the Kheel Center

Child Labor Web Resources -
This site provides links to education institutions, government, media, and non-governmental web sites on child labor….

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General Information from the ILO on Child Labor

General Information from the ILO on Child Labor

Cyber School Bus 3Plus-U – An instructional program developed by the ILO to teach about child labor.

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AFT Child Labor Project

AFT Child Labor Project
For millions of children around the world, school is a luxury. Around the world, more than 200 million children work in unspeakable conditions in sweatshops, mines and factories. Instead of their ABC’s, these children are learning to weave carpets, haul bricks, sew garments, and manufacture toys they will never enjoy. The best way to stop child labor? Provide all children with free, accessible education. That’s the goal of the Child Labor Project, sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers.

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