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

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Thematic teaching connects the past to the daily lives of students. The daily life themes of manners and vacation are the focus of this 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.

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For the Teacher – reading guide answers (password protected)

Primary source images for teaching vacation and etiquette/manners themes

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