High School & Up Curricula

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High School & Up Curricula

Find CFT’s landmark labor history series, Golden Lands, Working Hands, a “Union 101″ pamphlet, and a beautiful California labor history map. 

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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. 

Golden Lands, Working Hands introduces students, union members and the general public to California labor history in order to encourage understanding of the state’s diverse working populations and their efforts to find common ground in struggles for social justice. It is meant to be shown one part at a time in conjunction with reading materials and lesson plans suitable for high school students, and for union members in new member programs. The series runs three hours total. 

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Collective Bargaining Education Project

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 CBEP provides a range of labor history and contemporary union organizing and collective bargaining role plays for the high school classroom. CBEP can also organize a one-day Institute for 100 students, as well as teacher in-services.

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

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

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. 

You may order booklets in English from the CFT, or from the UC Berkeley Labor Center, where you may also download Spanish and Chinese versions for free. 

Grades: High school and up
Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese
Pages: 24
Price: Free download. 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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California Labor History Map

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
Size: 44 in x 33 in  
Cost: $5 print

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Safe Jobs for Youth

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.

Website: youngworkers.org
For more information: Phone UC Berkeley at 510-643-2424