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Teaching with Museum Collections The Etiquette of Calling April 2005

The National Park Service [NPS] Teaching with Museum Collections provides lesson plans for teachers to use NPS museum collections in student-centered educational activities. The collections tell the story of America; its peoples, cultures, varied habitats, significant events, and ideas that continue to inspire the world. Teaching with Museum Collections [TMC] emphasizes the links between the ‘real things;’ the collections, and the sites where those collections were found, collected, or used. NPS collections include cultural objects, natural history specimens, archival documents and photographs. Lesson plans are linked to national education standards.

Lesson Plan Elements

  • Title: The Etiquette of Calling

àDarla Hostetler

  • Grade Level: 5-8

  • Length of Lesson: 1-3 days, may be adapted as needed

  • Overview of Object-based Lesson Plan

    • Topic: Social Etiquette

    • Park name and collections: Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    • Goal: Teach students about the social customs of calling and how this custom

related to the developing nation.

  • Background:Victorian Society (1837-1901) had very strict ideas about how

people should behave. Good manners and proper social etiquette were extremely important to one’s social standing in the community. “Calling” or “Visiting” was the most important leisure time activity. Proper etiquette dictated everything about the visit including the time of day, length of the visit, and what should or should not be worn.

Additional background information is included with this lesson.

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