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Reading Project

Acrobat icon Reading Project/Persuasive Journals (op-ed summaries/responses)

Essay Assignments

Acrobat icon First Essay (in-class draft): From Personal to Public

Acrobat icon First Essay Revision: From Personal to Public

Sample Student Essay

The Everlasting Bells by Deshna Majmudar

Acrobat icon Second Essay: The Present and the Past (The Cherry Orchard)

Sample Student Essay

Unchangeable by Bianca Yaghoobi

Effects of the Past on the Present by Emmelynn Gu

Acrobat icon Third Essay: Morrison's The Song of Solomon

Research for Morrison's Song of Solomon

For a list of topic areas and postings related to those topic areas, go to the course blog (

Acrobat icon Fourth Essay: Representing the Past

Resources for the fourth essay

List of Museums in Los Angeles County (Wikipedia)

List of Museums in California (Wikipedia)

Museum of Jurassic Technology (a museum about museums)

California Historical Resources (California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation)

List of National Historic Landmarks in California (Wikipedia)

National Register of Historic Places listings in California (Wikipedia)

Acrobat icon Using Textual Evidence in Essays

Acrobat icon Peer Review Worksheet for 4th Essay

Sample Student Essays

The Huntington Gardens

Beyond the Display [LACMA]

Walt Ozymandias

A Trip to the Getty

Acrobat icon Final Portfolio Instructions

Acrobat icon Portfolio Scoring Guide

Acrobat icon Final Exam Essay (with Portfolio Scoring Guide)

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