Exploring Vacation and Etiquette Themes in Social Studies: Primary Source Inquiry for Middle and High School

Available in February 2017 from Rowman & Littlefield Education

A thematic approach to social history that connects the past to the daily lives of students is the focus of this soon-to-be published book for teachers. Historical overviews of vacation and manners spanning from the ancient world to twentieth century United States provide detailed context for the teacher, emphasize issues related to social class, sex and gender, and popular culture, and examine the methods of social historians.

Four unique primary source sets, reading guides, and essential/compelling questions for students are provided that encourage inquiry learning and development of critical literacy skills aligned with the Common Core Standards for Literacy and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

Each themed chapter includes suggestions for extending each theme to current events, the local community through placed-based education, and across content areas for interdisciplinary instruction. The last chapter provides guidance on how to research more historical themes, find relevant primary sources, and prepare themed lessons and units.

Table of Contents

About the cover

Reading guides

For the Teacher – reading guide answers (password protected)

Primary source images for teaching vacation and etiquette/manners themes

Additional resources for teaching vacation and etiquette/manners themes

Recommended resources for teaching social studies


Visiting Cards, 1909. Complicated rules of etiquette governed the appearance and use of visiting cards. The black border on the card on the bottom left indicated that the person was in mourning due to the death of a family member.
Visiting Cards, 1909. Complicated rules of etiquette governed the appearance and use of visiting cards. The black border on the card on the bottom left indicated that the person was in mourning due to the death of a family member. Visiting Cards, 1909. Complicated rules of etiquette governed the appearance and use of visiting cards. The black border on the card on the bottom left indicated that the person was in mourning due to the death of a family member. (Courtesy of Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections and Archives, Richmond, KY.)

About the header image: Chromolithograph “House, Kennel, and Field” by Currier & Ives, c. 1893.
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