1. Have a discussion about a fancy dinner party. Look at the website about how State dinners work (see below). Ask students such questions such as:
- What would you like to eat?
- Who would you invite? Why?
- What type of decorations and eating utensils would you use?
2. Invite your students to research the kinds of foods and dinner etiquette of the early 19th century.
3. As a class, decide on one to three other countries whose citizens might be present at a State dinner party.
4. In small groups, have students develop a full dinner party, complete with entertainment and dinner menu using the computer. Keep in mind that the students should try to make the guests from the other cultures comfortable.
5. For group assessment, each group menu will be printed and presented on class bulletin board.
6. For individual assessment, have each student write a response paper written from the perspective where the student is present at the dinner party.*
*ESL students can include the words used for item(s) on the menu in their native languages.
White House Welcome
White House Tour
Ethel Merman Singing "Hostess with the Mostest on the Ball"
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University.'