When everyone is getting the latest version of a smartphone, do you feel the pressure to buy one, too? The phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” describes the habit of trying to compete with your peers’ social status, wealth, and possessions. This informational text is for grade 8 students. As you read, take notes on the historical origin and examples of keeping up with the Joneses. This text is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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