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by CommonLit Staff


Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Keeping Up with the Joneses" by CommonLit Staff.

The phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" describes the habit of trying to compete with your peers' social status, wealth, and possessions. This article explores our systems of status and class, and why there exists this pressure of social competition.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Power & Greed and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"Does money buy happiness?" and "Why do people follow the crowd?"

Ways to support your child: