Anna Maria Jarvis: The History of Mother's Day

Anna Maria Jarvis may be considered the mother of Mother's Day, but the history of the celebration goes all the way back to Ancient Greeks who honored Rhea, the mother of their gods. The narrator of a short video traces the history of the celebration and its evolution over the years.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class brainstorm ways they could celebrate Mother's Day more in keeping with Jarvis' original intent
Classroom Considerations
  • The video includes commentary on Jarvis's objections to the commercialization of Mother's day
Pros
  • The video follows the process of the day being proclaimed a national holiday and the commercialization of the holiday
Cons
  • The narrator vocalizations of "ums' and "ahs" are distracting