Portraits in the Groves


This short exploratory lesson plan and activity for 4th – 6th-grade students explores how citrus workers made important statements of belonging by taking portraits in the citrus groves.

Subjects covered

Southern California’s Citrus Industry, U.S. Advertising, Immigration, Labor History, Portraiture

Learning Goals

  • Citrus Industry advertising did not represent the work of the industry
  • Portraits are an important form of self-expression
  • Mexican communities were resilient and used photographs to claim space
Portraits in the Groves