César Chávez Bio-Posters
March 31 has been designated a state holiday in honor of César Chávez. Since the holiday is a new one, merchants in town have decided that they want to put bio-posters in their shop windows that explain to customers about who Chávez was and why he is important to remember. The Chamber of Commerce has written the following letter to your school principal.
|Chamber of Commerce
100 Any Street
California Town 10000
The merchants of California Town want to recognize the new California holiday commemorating the birthday of César Chávez and recognize all he achieved for civil rights in our great state. The advertising agencies in our area are unable to supply the needed posters because of the demand for Womens History Month material. We want to display posters that your students create, but we need them to follow some specific size and content criteria that we will discuss with you on the phone if you decide that this is a worthy use of your students time. Thank you for your help. We will need the posters by March 15.
President of the Chamber of Commerce
The principal has asked your class to supply the biography posters on César Chávez that have been requested by the Chamber of Commerce. Because your school will be recognized through this display, you will need to use your best research, writing and layout skills. You must also follow all directions carefully so that each bio-poster is in a standard format.
Use the Internet, the materials listed in the Resources section and other materials to find the following information and take notes about what you read on a 3 x 5 card or paper, including where you learned this information:
- At least one photo of César Chávez, especially one showing him in action
- A timeline of Chávez life and work with at least five references to other events in the same time period
- Three to five contributions Chávez made through his life and work
- The impact of his work on other people at the time he lived
- The lasting influence of Chávez life
- Chávez beliefs, hope or dreams in his own words
Use your note cards to find the information and then complete the writing about Chávez life needed for the bio-poster
- Write three paragraphs with at least three sentences each on Chávez contributions.
- Write one paragraph on the impact of Chávez work.
- Write one paragraph on the influence of Chávez life today.
- Copy one quote from Chávez that shows what he wanted to achieve (primary source).
- Write out five questions answered by your bio-poster.
Share your work with an editor (teacher, student team, parent or aide). Make needed corrections in your work.
Copy at least one picture of Chávez from the Internet or book onto a piece of paper and print it out. List the source of each picture in small print under it and write a 3-6 word caption. If you cannot copy a picture, draw one of your own but make it no larger than 4 x 6.
Make a bibliography listing the books and Internet sources you used in your research. Make sure you show all the materials you used and use the format given by your teacher.
Assemble your poster according to these directions:
- Size (no exceptions): 11 x 14 Construction paper or tag board work best. Use both sides.
- Your name(s): Put the name or names of the authors of the poster in the lower right hand corner.
- Title: Use large letters and include the name of César Chávez in some way in the title. It doesnt have to be at the top of the page but it does have to draw the eye and be clear that the poster is about Chávez.
- Pictures: Use 1-2 photos or pictures with written captions and source listed.
- Timeline: Communicate important events in Chávez life and how they relate to other events that happened at the same time on your timeline. Make the timeline size fit on the page either lengthwise or crosswise, leaving at least a small margin. It may be neatly hand printed or done on the computer.
- Written Information: You may do all of your writing neatly and by hand. However, if you use a computer, it will make your poster look much more professional. If possible, input each section of writing on the computer, give it a title to match the topic (such as IMPACT OF CHÁVEZ LIFE TODAY), check your spelling and draw a box around the passage. Carefully cut out the passages for posting.
- Questions: Input three or four questions about Chávez that are answered by your bio-poster onto a piece of paper, title them, draw a box around them, cut them out. As above, you may write out your questions by hand but using the computer will make them look better.
- Bibliography: Make a list of the sources you used in making your bio-poster. Use the format your teacher requires.
- Layout: With the blank poster paper on a flat surface, try different ways to lay out the pictures, questions, timeline and written material until it is pleasing to the eye and easy to follow and understand for the reader. Put a dab of glue or a piece of tape to tack the layout in place until you are satisfied that it is ready to glue securely.
- Follow this example
Lay out all the posters from the class so that students, other teachers, visitors, and administrators may view them. Students should be available to answer questions about their poster at the Bio-Poster Carousel.
Cedeno, Maria E. César Chávez: Labor Leader, Childrens Press, 1994.
Collins, David. Farmworker's Friend: The Story of César Chávez. Lerner Publishing, 1996.
Davis, Lucile. César Chávez: A Photo-Illustrated Biography. Capstone Press, 1998.
Franchere, Lola M. César Chávez. HarperCollins Childrens Books, 1986.
Schaefer, Lola M. César Chávez. Capstone Press, 1998.
César Chávez Chronologies
LaCausa: Story of César Chávez and the United Farm Workers from Wayne State University
César E. Chávez Biography from the California Curriculum Project 1994
The Story of César Chávez by the United Farm Workers
Chávez Photo Gallery
Use the posters to celebrate César Chávez Day on March 31 and share them with family and friends.
- Think about the steps you used in doing your research.
- What went well?
- What would you change if you did it again?
- Think about the steps you used in writing and editing
- What were the things that worked well?
- What would you change if you did it again?
- Think about how you did the layout of your poster
- Did you like the final product?
- How would you have changed it?
Your poster will be evaluated based on:
- Historical accuracy and completeness
- Quality of your writing
- How pleasing the overall poster is to the eye
- Following all directions