The Dignity and Rights of Workers 

All persons work. There are many kinds of work. In each job, workers deserve to have safe conditions, reasonable hours, and fair wages. They deserve this because they are made by God. Our work gives us the means to live, but it can also be a chance to use the talents God gives us. Our work is our way of cooperating with God to create our world.

Articles with Study Guides

 Article Study Guide Date
Sharing Fullness of Life    K-5Jan 2012

Burning WatersK-5 /6-12   May 2010

Miracle in Mymensingh K-5/6-12Nov 2009

Additional Activities

The Good Samaritans of Oaxaca
July/August 2009
Activities can be found here K-12

Picture books or short chapter books for younger children:

Addy Learns a Lesson: Connie Porter (American Girl series)

Beatrice’s Goat: Page McBrier

The Bobbin Girl: Emily Arnold McCully

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909: Michelle Markel

A Chair for my Mother: Vera B. Williams

Click, Clack, Moo, Cows the Type: Doreen Cronin (for very young children)

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers: Sarah Warren

Going Home: Eve Bunting

The Hard-Time Jar: Ethel Footman Smothers

Harry’s Freedom Box: Ellen M. Levine

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez: Kathleen Krull

Meet Addy: Connie Porter (American Girl series)

Meet Samatha: Susan S. Adler (American Girl series)

Samantha Learns a Lesson: Susan S. Adler (American Girl series)

Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Diana Cohn

Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/ La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez: Monica Brown

Waiting for the Owl’s Call:  Gloria Whelan

Chapter Books or picture books for older students:

Bread and Roses, Too: Katherine Paterson

Changes for Rebecca: Jacqueline Green (American Girl series)

A Coal Miner’s Bride: the Diary of Anetka Kaminska: Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Dear America series)

Esperanza Rising: Pam Munoz Ryan

Free the Children: Craig Kielburger

Iqbal, a novel: Francesco D’Adamo

The Journal of Otto Peltonen, A Finnish Immigrant: William Durbin, (My Name is America series)

Lyddie: Katherine Paterson


Supplemental Articles

Living What We've Learned 
December 2008 
A short article that succinctly sums up different principles of Catholic Social Teachings with clear examples. This also shows the connection between CST and how national polices can be formed for the common good, along with prayer!6-12
The Good Samaritans of Oaxaca
July/August 2009
For K-6, see Additional Activities for a story based on this article. The Center for Migrant Orientation opened in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2003, a result of a joint pastoral letter of Mexican and United States Bishops calling for compassion for migrants. Situations of migrant people vary, as does the assistance offered to them, but compassion and care is similar to the Samaritan and the innkeeper of Luke 10:25-37.7-12