Here is a sample classroom activity incorporating the primary source texts and images in Exploring Vacation and Etiquette Themes in Social Studies.

First, students read four primary source excerpts. I recommend using the close reading strategies described in this article “Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on ‘Close Reading of Text’” by Sheila Brown and Lee Kappes (October 2012), The Aspen Institute.

After students read, analyze, and discuss the texts, follow-up assignments can include constructing answers to the essential questions or completing one or more of the activities described below.

Download the following documents for a lesson exploring relationship etiquette in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Visiting and calling card rules, 1888.
Visiting and calling card rules, 1888.