Students Learn the Importance of Manners to Drama and Conflict at South County HS
While reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in Regency Era England, South County High students attended a tea party where their manners were on display. The seniors, in an Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class, were described as having “good modern manners” by teacher Kirstin Armstrong, but “they don’t really understand how class and manners create such drama and conflict in Austen’s novel.” In an effort to provide some background experience for this aspect of the novel, Armstrong and librarian Emily Strong decided to throw a tea party in the library where students would practice introducing their friends to a higher-ranking adult (the source of one comedic scene in the novel). Students also created a calling card, which they gave to Armstrong’s “butler,” (assistant principal Jeremiah Caven). Librarian Lisa Muir portrayed a maid and helped serve, plus provided background on how the modern English take tea. School counselors, who mingled with the students, were invited to the tea party to practice their best Regency manners. Contact news liaison Lisa Muir at firstname.lastname@example.org.