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Change Over Time

An ariel view of sprawling Los Angeles
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Students will explore differing perceptions of what the space encompassing Los Angeles has represented over time by analyzing various primary source photographs and then juxtaposing this learning with their own perception of modern-day Los Angeles. Students will write a narrative of what a future Los Angeles might look like.

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Wood, iron, steel, concrete -- these are the materials that gave form to Los Angeles and shaped its identity in the national imagination. This episode also questions the cultural legacy and environmental costs of the city's relentless growth.
Building the Metropolis

Lesson: How has the perception of Los Angeles changed over time?

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Content Standards

8.8.2: Describe the purpose, challenges, and economic incentives associated with westward expansion, including the concept of Manifest Destiny (e.g., the Lewis and Clark expedition, accounts of the removal of Indians, the Cherokees' 'Trail of Tears,' settlement of the Great Plains) and the territorial acquisitions that spanned numerous decades. Describe the purpose, challenges, and economic incentives associated with westward expansion, including the concept of Manifest Destiny (e.g., the Lewis and Clark expedition, accounts of the removal of Indians, the Cherokees’ “Trail of Tears,” settlement of the Great Plains) and the territorial acquisitions that spanned numerous decades

8.8.5: Discuss Mexican settlements and their locations, cultural traditions, attitudes toward slavery, land-grant system, and economies.

CCSS Standards

ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

ELA-Literacy.WHST6-8.9: Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.



UCLA History Geography Project USC Libraries Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West KCET

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.

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