Close Reading St. Valentine's Day - History, Vocabulary, Evidence Grades 7-10

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This 10-page activity engages students in close reading and text-based reading strategies. The text is divided into smaller, manageable chunks with follow-up questions after each section. The student must find evidence within the text to answer the questions (following Common Core Standards and language) by highlighting or underlining.

This would be an excellent activity to do with your entire class, or with an intervention group of struggling readers. It would easily align to your Language Arts / English, Social Studies / History, or Religious Studies curriculum as a cross-curricular lesson. You can use this text any time, not just for Valentine's Day!

The text explains the mysterious, confusing history of St. Valentine the martyr, and the evolution of today's Valentine's Day holiday. It gives 2 different historical accounts of the Christian martyr's life and death, plus an explanation of Pagan influence on this celebrated holiday. There is also an explanation of Valentine's Day as it is celebrated today, and the symbols and traditions around this special day.

There are 7 Vocabulary Key Terms emphasized:
* commemorate
* Paganism
* Christianity
* account
* execute
* renounce
* martyr

And 6 figures / people:
* St. Valentine
* Claudius II
* Pope Gelasius
* Geoffrey Chaucer
* William Shakespeare
* Cupid

There are also 2 Comprehension Questions as well a Sequencing / Timeline activity. Includes Answer Key.

Please download and enjoy!

Common Core Standards addressed in this unit:
RI.7.1
RI.7.2
RI.7.4
RI.7.10
L.7.4
L.7.6
RI.8.1
RI.8.2
RI.8.4
RI.8.10
L.8.4
L.8.6
RI.9-10.1
RI.9-10.2
RI.9-10.4
RI.9-10.10
L.9-10.4
L.9-10.6

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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