My name is Julio.

 I am Zapotec.

 I live in Stockton, California.

 I am Latino.


Questions to Initiate and Guide the Creative Reading Dialogue

Page from “Gathering the Sun”

Descriptive Phase

 Where is Julio from?
 What did you learn from him about Teotitlán del Valle? Can you imagine the town?
 How was the wool used in the tapestries prepared?
 Why is having a truck so important for Julio’s family?

Personal Interpretive Phase

 Do you have an indigenous background? Do you know anyone who does?
 Does anyone in your family work in the fields? Do you know any farm-working family?

Critical/Multicultural/Anti-Bias Phase

 What do you know about the indigenous cultures of Latin America?
 Were you surprised at how the teacher responded when she asked Julio where he was at that moment
and Julio responded Monte Albán?
 Based on the teacher’s response, what do you think about that teacher?

Creative/ Transformative Phase

 Farm workers have suffered great injustices by not being protected in the same way others workers are protected. What do you think about this?
 Why must we all be grateful to farm workers? How can we express our solidarity?

Weavers from Teotitlán del Valle

weavers1       weavers2


Monte Albán, Oaxaca, México

montealban1     montealban2


Activities Students Can Do Individually or in Groups

 Under the non-violent leadership of César Chávez, farm workers found different ways to awaken public opinion. What were some of these ways and how effective were they?

 After researching the lives of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, students can:
Make a time-line history of their lives
 Write their biographies
 Tell the biography of one of them in first person

 Students can make a mural depicting the work in the fields or showing important moments in the life of César or Dolores.



Related Books Grades 2-4

harvestionhopeHarvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull

gatheringselloGathering the Sun. A bilingual book of poems about farmworkers by Alma Flor Ada


Paths. Biographies of José Martí. Frida Kahlo. César Chávez by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy


Voices. Biographies: Luis Valdés. Judith F. Baca. Carlos J. Finlay by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

sidebysideSide by side: The story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez by Mónica Brown

doloreshuertaDolores Huerta by Sarah Warren

thecircuitThe Circuit by Francisco Jiménez

firstdayingrapesFirst Day in Grapes by L. King Pérez

Related Books Grades 4-8


Elegy on the Death of César Chávez by Rudolfo Anaya

breakingthroughBreaking Through by Francisco Jiménez

takingholdTaking Hold by Francisco Jiménez