Picturing the Past

You’ve heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In this class, we’ll try to find those words. Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered what the story was behind it? In this class, you’ll get the chance to find out, and maybe even to write it.

Locations: Los Altos

Cost: $100/hr.

Recommended hours: 8-12


  • Learn historical/literary research methods useful for college level courses
  • Write a 5-page research paper incorporating both primary and secondary sources to make an argument
  • Use your historical research to explore a historical moment imaginatively, writing a creative follow up to the research conducted

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251 / (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

Photography is all about light and shadow, people and places, capturing a moment, and telling a story. History and fiction are no different, and we will explore the intersection of the three genres in the course of this class.

Students will each choose a historical photograph on which to base their research for this course. Following the completion of the research paper, students will craft a creative piece exploring the image further.

The research and creative writing skills used throughout the course will help prepare students for both AP History and AP Literature courses.

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

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