Subject Area(s): Librarian

Grade Level(s): 9-12

Format of Library of Congress media: Documents

Best Instructional Practices


US History:USII.1a, 1b,1d,1e; US11.5b


Two - 90-minute periods.

Lesson Summary

This is a supplemental lesson designed to give students an understanding of the perceived importance of social graces and etiquette during the "Victorian era" in the U.S. Using dance manuals as examples, students will describe how the emphasis on morals, manners and proper behavior were transferred from the dinner table to the dance floor. Students will also show that those lessons were ignored as the middle-class continues to dance its way into the 21st century.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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