History and Key Places
Class Ideas

HISTORY - Discussion Questions:

  • Consider films such as Chinatown or 300 that are fiction films incorporating “history”. Do you assume the “history” to be truth? What effect do these films have on our beliefs, on history?


  • Interview a family member.  Perhaps a grandparent.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the interview techniques in the resource materials on the website.  Afterwards – what did you learn?  What surprised you about what they said?  What surprised you about the process?
  • Take photos of buildings and/or people in your community and lay them out in a map. 
  • Respond to the film using one of the artistic forms from the film (using dance, rap, jazz, spoken word, or visual media using film, photos, found objects, collage, mosaic, etc.)


  • Research further some aspect of the film that interests you.  Perhaps community arts in another community?  A particular artist or art form?



Class Project: 

  • Mapping a community.  Develop a map of Leimert Park or of another community using photos, interviews and research.  Divide the students into groups.  Each group focuses on a particular place, building or organization, doing research, photography & interviewing.  Student projects can be compiled into a larger class project creating a large “mapped” community. 


  • You may be interested in looking at a community or place over time.  Students can be divided into groups that research the community or place over different time periods.  What was present at the time (find pictures if you can).  Do interviews with older residents and do research at the local library.  erhaps have different groups of students research, photograph and interview divide the community area.  When the group projects are compiled into a class project, you will have a map of the area over time.

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