Bresnahan – ELA – Commonwealth Club Address (4/23/2020-4/24/2020)

Teacher: Bresnahan (


Hello 7th grade! I hope you all were able to relax and recharge on our Spring Break.

While we were still in school, we were looking at the Commonwealth Club Address. This was Cesar Chavez’s speech where we learned that he was fighting for the rights of Farm Workers.

This work can also be found in our Google Classroom.

Use Paragraphs 16-21 of the Commonwealth Club Address by Cesar Chavez (the images are included -line numbers are on the left hand side and paragraph numbers are on the right hand side, and remember that you can listen to the speech as you read on YouTube) to answer the following questions:

1. Why did the UFW stop the boycott in 1975?
2. What word does Chávez repeat in Paragraph 17? How does that help him develop the claim in this paragraph?
3. In Paragraphs 18 and 19, Chávez criticizes Governor Deukmejian. For what does he criticize him?
4. In Paragraph 20, what are the “tragic events” Chávez refers to? Why do these events make a boycott necessary?



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