1. As students walk into the classroom, have them take
an article at random (From Handout Packet 1).
2. Instruct them they are to read their article quietly
in class. The articles address current pesticide issues
taking place in the world and the United States. Remember,
these pesticides are in our food irregardless of where
they are grown and affect us in the United States.
3. Handout 1 contents:
Article 1 (3 pages), Farm Work by Children Tests Labor
Article 2 (3 pages), Indigenous Migrant Workers Struggle
Against Pesticides: http://isla.igc.org/Features/Border/mex5.html
Article 3 (6 pages), Tainted land: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/bery22.shtml
Article 4 (3 pages) Pesticides persist http://nytimes.com/2004/10/08/national/08gas.html
4. Give students a copy of Handout 2. Students will now
be asked to put themselves in the position of one of
the workers affected by the story they read.
5. Scenario: Students are going to address a large body
of individuals about this problem by writing a speech
to be delivered to one of the following three audiences:
general public at a rally
6. Using the outline they made, they are ready to write
7. The final speech must have facts,
human stories, be clear and to the
to time constraints,
be brief (1-2 pages in length = 1 minute)
8. Along with their speech, the student
must create a slogan for a poster reflecting
their cause. They
include an additional analysis page
with their final speech and notes that
what the slogan is and
explains why they choose it.
9. Optional: Students may want to design
an actual poster using their slogan.
10. Speeches will be delivered by all.
Have the class give students feedback
on effectiveness of speech content
and clarity of speech. .
Finish by reminding students
often times new immigrants
to this country find
obstacles in their path.
American history is full
of stories about how
our ancestors, past immigrants,
overcame those obstacles,
but often it took longer
than we would expect.
In some cases, those
obstacles are still there,
as with pesticide exposure
for farm laborers and
black lung disease for
Final speeches and slogans.