La Lucha

La Lucha
comprehension-based™ reader
It is 1965, and 16-year-old Javier is a typical teen with dreams for the future.

Level 2 and up / Novice High — Intermediate Low


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. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ intermediate readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels. But do not focus on language structures or the advanced grammatical features embedded in this story.


  • 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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La Lucha Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 352 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow


    Slideshows: Efectos de los pesticidas, El problema de la pobreza, Infographic: La deshidratación, La fiesta de quince, Las huelgas más impactantes , Los trabajadores agrícolas, Tipos de protestas

    Infographics: "La deshidratación"

    Readings: "Bakersfield, California", "César Chávez", "Dolores Huerta", "La importancia de la educación", "La Unión de Campesinos", "Los trabajadores agrícolas migrantes", "Martin Luther King Jr."

    Features and Highlights:

    Prep 4 Success Unit!

    ¡Alerta!, ¿Cómo? ¿Cuándo? ¿Dónde?, ¿Quién lo dijo?, 6 of One, Half Dozen of Another, A bunch of hunches, Al principio o al final, Antes, después o durante, Anticipation Guide, Arcoiris™ Game, Causa y efecto, Connect Four, Context Clues, Curtain Call, Eggspert: La historia en cascarones, Eight is Enough, El más lógico, Eventful, Fill ‘er Up, Final Assessment, Find the Faker, Games (Marker Partner Plus, Palomitas, Puntos al azar, Smart as a Quip), In the Middle, Juego de memoria, La torre del saber, Loading, Please Stand By, Luz roja, luz verde, Map Talk, On Deck, Order Up, Perfect Match, Primero o segundo, Q&A Match Up, Questionable, Quite the Character, Space Cadet, The End, The Splits, Thumbs Up, 7 Up, Toma uno, por favor, Two Truths and a Lie, Verb-O, Which Sitch is Which?


  • Melisa Lopez

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