High School & Up Curricula

Overview

High School & Up Curricula

Find CFT’s landmark labor history series, Golden Lands, Working Hands, union primers, and a beautiful California labor history map.

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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
Free download (12 pages)
A Very Brief Outline of American Labor History for Beginners

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

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.  Includes a 28-minute video on DVD.

Grades: High school and up
Language: English
Cost of lesson plan plus DVD: $10

ORDER LESSON PLAN & DVD HERE

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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

ORDER DVDs & LESSON PLANS HERE

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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, Chinese, Spanish 
Free downloads (27 pages)

Print booklet cost: You may order printed booklets in English from the CFT using the link below. For 1 to 50 copies the cost is $1.50 each; 51 or more copies $1.25 each.
For more information: You may also order from the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Phone the Labor Center at 510-643-7089.
Pages: 28

ORDER IN PRINT FROM CFT HERE 

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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. Purchase includes role play curriculum binder ”Workplace Issues and Collective Bargaining in the Classroom” and video.

Grades: High school
Common Core Standard Correlation
Language: English
Free download: 
Collective Bargaining Education Project (11 pages)
Cost of curriculum binder and video: $10
For more information: Phone the project at 626-233-2284

ORDER CURRICULA HERE

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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