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Lost LA Curriculum

The Lost LA Curriculum Project uses Lost LA episodes to present culturally relevant teaching materials centered on local history. Navigate lessons by topic, watch the documentaries, download the PDFs of lessons and classroom activities and find related articles. The Lost LA Curriculum Project works with California's history-social science instructional framework and aligns local stories and materials with state educational standards.

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The Lost LA Curriculum project is a collaboration among KCET (Public Media Group of Southern California), USC Libraries, the UCLA History-Geography Project and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Chavez Ravine Before the Dodgers
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History of Dodger Stadium

What happens to a place across time? (Grade 3)
Artist's depiction of a fight with a Grizzly bear
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Development and Biodiversity

What impact has urban development had on biodiversity in the Los Angeles area? (Grade 3)
A Tongva man and woman work outside their home
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The Tongva Before and After Spanish Arrival

What was life like for the Tongva before and after Spanish arrival? (Grade 4)
An ariel view of sprawling Los Angeles
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Change Over Time

How has the perception of Los Angeles changed over time? (Grades 6 and 8)
People stand in line at Central Casting
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African Americans and Hollywood

In what ways did the entertainment industry impact African Americans in Los Angeles during the early 1900s? (Grades 8 and 11)
Mural honoring Toypurina
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Toypurina: Indigenous Woman

How and why is Toypurina remembered in different ways by different groups of people? (Grade 11)
Chinese men standing together, B&W Photo
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Anti-Chinese Massacre of 1871

What were the causes of the anti-Chinese massacre? (Grade 11)
A minority couple laying on the beach together under an umbrella
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Beach Culture & Access

How can we make the beach culture in SoCal equitable for all? (Grade 11)
Postcard of the Dunbar (Somerville) Hotel, Los Angeles, ca.1938
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South Central Civic Action

What internal and external factors shaped African-American South Central between the 1920s and 1950s? (Grade 11)
Travelers on the Road, B&W
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The Green Book

How did African Americans adapt to the challenge of traveling in the United States over time? (Grade 11)
Loggers standing atop a massive, felled Redwood tree
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Impacts of Building Los Angeles

What were the costs and benefits of Los Angeles urban growth in the 1920s? (Grades 11 and 12)
Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena
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Creating Landmarks

What can historical markers tell us about what is important in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) and in the greater Los Angeles area? (Grade 11 and Ethnic Studies)
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