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"¡Si Se Puede!" Celebrating Cesar Chavez  and Dolores Huerta
Option 1 Delivery time: 60–minutes  | Option 2 Delivery time: 120-minutes


Option 1 is a traditional Judges in the Classroom visit. The materials may be adapted for grades 5-12 by highlighting the suggested speaker notes you wish to use. There are more slides in this deck than you'll be able to get through in one visit. Optional slides are included to bring interesting points to history students may already know. Also, older students should be tested in areas of critical thinking and primary sourcing. These opportunities are highlighted in the speaker notes and these slides are optional.


Option 2 requires two people, or two visits by one volunteer. Each visit is one hour. If the teacher has 2 hours for the visit, and the volunteer agrees, one visit can cover this lesson with 20-minutes left for Q&A. It is up to the teacher and the judge to talk before the visit to discuss how they prefer to have this lesson delivered. It is a history lesson fused with a government lesson! It goes into the rich history of the California's farmworker movement and the business of agriculture, which gives this lesson added regional value.


Suggestions for a 2-Part visit:


  • An attorney from the District Court of Appeal presents Part I, the history. Your court coordinator will work with POD to make the connection. This program is ideal for grades 10-12, with opportunities for the visitor to challenge students to consider our state during the 60's and 70's. Cesar and Dolores used what they had learned from leaders like Ghandi and Robert Kennedy. However, as peaceful as Cesar was, he spent some time in jail. 
  • The second visit can be done the same day, or the following day, week, or month. It is up to the teacher. Materials are provided for the class to expand on what they learned in the first visit. The second lesson picks up with Cesar in the Monterey County jail. The judge will review the charges, talk to the students about how the courts got involved, and how the courts called for his release. In this lesson is an introduction, or review, of the judicial branch, the role of a judge, and the role of the courts, especially the California Supreme Court.


Many classrooms are interested in helping students learn about pathways into careers. By introducing an attorney first, this helps students learn about a judge's journey. JIC has many COA attorneys who are ready to meet classrooms in person and remotely.


Lesson Plan
The presentations below are meant to provide volunteers with options for preparing their visits based on the needs of the classroom. Notes contained on the slides provide additional facts for visitors to use, as they wish.

Update: feedback from judges delivering this lesson included requests to omit some of the historical context. Most report running out of time because so much time is spent talking about the start of the farmworker movement. Because this is a commemorative lesson, the historical context should remain a part of the lesson. However, "optional" has been added to speaker notes for visitors to consider cutting from their own presentation. 

Si Se Puede!

  • Use the Short Stack version of this lesson if you'll be visiting grades 5-8. It cuts out some of the deep historical facts that are used as discussion prompts with older learners.

    For any grade, this lesson breaks up into two parts well. See description for details. Suggest: Part 1 delivery by a court attorney to present on rights, history, the organizers. Part 2 delivery by a judge to cover the law, the case, and the incarceration of Cesar Chavez. 

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