May 20, 2022

USC Libraries Announce Lost L.A. Curriculum Project

From USC Libraries:

The University of Southern California Libraries announced the launch of the Lost L.A. Curriculum Project, an initiative to develop K-12 curriculum materials based on the Emmy-winning documentary history series, “Lost L.A.” A co-production of the USC Libraries and KCET, “Lost L.A.” reveals the less-visible stories of Southern California through the lens of the region’s archives.

The program brings together several major Southern California educational and media organizations—including USC Libraries, KCET Public Television, the UCLA History-Geography Project, and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West—to support local-history education throughout the state.

At launch, the Lost L.A. Curriculum Project consists of 12 lesson plans, each drawing on topics and themes of an episode of the show. Teachers and students can investigate lessons by topic, watch a variety of episodes, download lessons and activities for use in the classroom, and find related articles and multimedia relevant to topics that range from Los Angeles’ coded geographies to the city’s roots in “The Wild West.”


“Through ‘Lost L.A.’ and with our excellent partners, we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to activate our libraries’ research collections in support of public history and K-12 curricula, as well as advanced historical scholarship,” said Dean of the USC Libraries Catherine Quinlan. “By helping school teachers and students engage vital stories of our shared history, our libraries contribute in a unique and meaningful way to USC’s relationship with Los Angeles, the region, and the state.”

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