The Experience of the Child Laborer

Author: Matthew Tidwell
Editor: Stephanie Nardei, MLS

Time: 1 class period
1 hour
Materials: Printed copies of stories from the provided website

The next step in exposing the students to the experience of the child laborer is for them to explore some readings about these children. The students will be able to make connections between the readings.

1. The students will make discoveries about the child laborer through a selection of readings.

2. The students will make connections between the website readings of the child laborers’ personal stories and the images that they saw in the previous lesson


Strand 1
Concept 5
PO1: Read from a variety of genres with accuracy, automaticity, and prosody.
Concept 6
PO 3: Use graphic organizers in order to clarify the meaning of text.

Teacher Background
The teacher will have visited the provided website, cut and pasted the children’s stories into handouts and made copies for the students.

Resource Websites

Free the Children http://www.freethechildren.org/getinvolved/geteducated/childlabour.htm#0013   
Anti-Slavery http://www.antislavery.org/homepage/antislavery/childlabour.htm
Free the Children on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_The_Children



1. Have students take a moment to recall the slide show they experienced during the previous lesson. Help them recall the images and the information.

2. Inform the students that they will now read about the experiences of child laborers similar to those they saw in the videos.

3. Distribute the stories to each of the students.

4. Take volunteers or assign students to read the stories out loud.

5. Read through the selections taking time to reflect with the students.

6. After completing the reading, lead a class discussion about the stories. The discussion should focus on similarities among the children, as well as elements that make each story different.

7. The teacher should create a graphic organizer on the board to organize the ideas that emerge from the discussion. The students should keep a similar graphic organizer in their notes.

As a closure to this activity, the teacher should help the students recognize connections to the images they saw the previous day and their experiences with the readings.

Students review what they learned.

Embedded Assessment

The ability of the students to make connections between the readings will emerge from the discussion.




PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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