Superfluous Complements and all Affectation of Ceremonie are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected.” from George Washington's Rules of Civility.
George Washington copied 110 such rules, and middle school students as part of the Etiquette theme, each chose to decipher one of the rules and restate it in his or her own words. The interpretation for this rule was, “Don’t give unneeded or creepy complements,” offered by Cyrus. As a group, the students brainstormed 16 rules of civility for our classroom, and individually, each student is writing his or her own Rules of Civility booklet.
Centers were set up during Exploration for the students to explore such etiquette-based subjects as napkin folding, where students were required to try two different folds and draw and take notes of what they accomplished. Another center involved reading “How Table Manners Became Polite” by Sharon J. Huntington and taking notes. Table setting and a computer interactive game, “Don’t Gross out the World,” comprised our last two centers.