La Lucha

La Lucha
Comprehension-based™ Reader
A teen farmworker joins the movement led by Cesar Chavez. He’s in for a fight.

Level 2 and up / Novice High — Intermediate Low

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It is 1965, and 16-year-old Javier is a typical teen with dreams for the future. Javier wants an education so he can escape the brutal working conditions and poverty plaguing his family. Instead, he has to work in the fields to help support his family. When he hears about a man who has started a workers’ revolution, he joins the movement. He soon learns that landowners do not tolerate even peaceful activism, but his own father may be his biggest opposition.

This Comprehension-based™ reader, La Lucha, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, which is based on high-frequency vocabulary. Wayside's readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.


  • Level 2 and up
  • Past tense
  • Historical drama
  • Total word count: 6125
  • Unique word count: 199
  • Page count: 96
  • A 352-page Teacher's Guide!
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