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Geographic Literacy Online Collection

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Author(s): History-Geography Program


Introduction to the Geographic-Literacy Website & Lesson Plans

The History-Geography Project is in its fourth year of a collaboration with the Auto Club of Southern California Archives, which has sponsored a week-long summer institute for K-12 teachers. Utilizing the holdings of the Archives has provided our teacher participants with a distinctive picture of life in the Los Angeles region during the twentieth century. The documents and visual materials in the Auto Club’s archives include maps, tour books, magazine editorial art, traffic and recreational travel photos, and other regional memorabilia. The collection relates not only to the Auto Club’s history but also to local and regional architecture, public policy making, and cultural and recreational history. During the institute we focus on pedagogical strategies including photo and map interpretation skills, techniques to engage students in oral histories, and the use of secondary sources such as historical magazine articles which teachers can then employ with their students. Another major aspect of the summer work is to build a better understanding of the history of various communities in Los Angeles with a special focus on South Central Los Angeles. Especially helpful in this regard has been the Auto Club Archive photograph collection, which includes images of many neighborhoods that are not represented in other photograph collections.

Click onto this link to connect to our Geographic Literacy Website—repository for the lessons produced by teachers as part of this collaboration.


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