High School & Up Curricula

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High School & Up Curricula

Find CFT’s landmark labor history series, Golden Lands, Working Hands, union primers, and a beautiful California labor history map. Click on the individual images below to download the curriculum for free. 

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A Very Brief Outline of American Labor History for Beginners
Booklet

NEW! What drove American workers to form unions? What did unions win for workers? While it is impossible to do a comprehensive job of addressing American labor history in a brief presentation, it is possible to do a gloss that might help you get a sense of the big picture. This booklet does just that. 

Grades: High school and up
Language: English
Pages: 12
Price: Free download

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Talking Heads: The San Diego Free Speech Fight
DVD and Lesson Plan

NEW! In 1912 downtown San Diego streets became off-limits to unionists wishing to exercise free speech rights. Through municipal ordinance and vigilante violence, “order” was maintained, but at a high cost. Inspiration for founding the ACLU, the San Diego Free Speech Fight was a mostly forgotten event — until now. 

Grades: High school and up
Language: English
Cost: DVD (28 minutes) plus lesson plan $10

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Golden Lands, Working Hands
Landmark CFT video series introduces the labor movement

This powerful ten-part video series brings the hidden history of working people to light. Golden Lands, Working Hands documents the events and issues central to California labor history, from the Gold Rush through the present. The award-winning series has been seen on public television and in museum exhibits, in high school and college classrooms and in union halls. 

Grades: High school and up
Language: English
Cost: $20 for two DVDs; $25 with CD of lesson plans, student handouts, and readings
For more information: Phone the CFT Bay Area Office at 510-523-5238

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Work, Money and Power: Unions in the 21st Century
Booklet

Revised edition of the classic “Union 101″ pamphlet explaining what unions are and do, including an overview of labor history and compelling evidence for the continuing importance of unions in workers’ lives. 

Grades: High school and up
Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese. Download in English here. Download in Spanish and Chinese from the UC Berkeley Labor Center.
Pages: 24
Price: You may order printed booklets in English from the CFT or from the UC Berkeley Labor Center. For 1 to 50 copies $1.50 each; 51 or more copies $1.25 each.
For more information: Phone the Labor Center at 510-643-7089

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Collective Bargaining Education Project
Role Play

In the morning, when the students arrive, they know little or nothing about unions and collective bargaining. At the end of the day, they can tell you what the union is — and they like the idea. Based on the popular education techniques of Paolo Freire, the Collective Bargaining Education Project provides a range of labor history and contemporary union organizing and collective bargaining role plays for the high school classroom. The project can also organize a one-day Institute for 100 students, as well as teacher in-services.

Grades: High school
Language: English
Price: Free download. Role play curriculum binder ”Workplace Issues and Collective Bargaining in the Classroom” with video $10
For more information: Phone the project at 626-233-2284
Common Core Standards correlations

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California Labor History Map
Visual Wall Display

A large full-color, high-quality wall poster map of California with the locations and brief explanations of more than 250 key labor history events. Perfect for union hall or classroom wall. 

Grades: High school and up
Language: English
Size: 44 in x 33 in  
Cost: $5 print
For more information: Phone the CFT Bay Area Office at 510-523-5238

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Safe Jobs for Youth
Online Resource

Most teens don’t know their rights and protections on the job, or how they can work together to make change in the workplace. Teaching curricula, fact sheets about labor laws for youth and parents, and resources are available from the Young Worker Health and Safety website. Youth can get involved in leadership academies, the teen “safe workplace” poster contest, and our annual Safe Jobs for Youth Month campaign in May. Coordinated by UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program.

Grades: High school and up
Website: youngworkers.org
For more information: Phone UC Berkeley at 510-643-2424