Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--Social life and customs
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Pilebutts: Working Under the Hammer – Study Guide
by Maria Hetherton
Study guide for middle and high school students to accompany the film “Pilebutts: Working Under the Hammer,” created by Maria Brooks and Archie Green in 2003. The 28-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, features the camaraderie and tough, risk-laden work of men and women of Oakland, California’s Pile Drivers Local Union Number 34, who drive the pilings for structures such as bridges, docks, freeways, and skyscrapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The guide can be integrated into social studies and language arts curricula and serves as an introduction for students to labor culture and history in its focus on an occupational community in the Bay Area.
|Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Language Arts; History and Social Studies
|Resource Type: Primary sources; Lesson plans; Activities
|Subjects: Pile drivers; Hazardous occupations; Ethnographic films; Labor unions; Labor history; Educational films; Construction workers; Oakland (Calif.)--Social life and customs; San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--Social life and customs
Geographic locations: California