Looking for a fun Valentine related lesson that ALL enjoy?
To celebrate Valentine's Day, students write a two-stanza Valentine poem inspired by verses that helped Neruda win a Nobel Prize for great Literature in 1971. Hope becomes a theme and an atmosphere. Kids left out when popular teens offer Valentines to a few friends only, love these inclusive and playful activities that celebrate all.
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Students especially enjoy impersonating Neruda in teams to get to know the man behind his poetry
, an idea which came from my personal visit to Neruda’s South American community. While inside his home, I saw personally – his passion for poetry, life and love.
URLS to videos included
so that students hear and see poetry such as Enigmas shared.
This activity shows similar passion in secondary students!
And what better day to celebrate Neruda’s Valentine message and theirs.
Students are guided to ask
How can I see Valentine's Day
through Neruda’s Eyes?
Students use these ready-to-roll Neruda Valentine materials to:
1. Publish poems
in a class collection – as Neruda may have addressed Valentine Day in poetry.
2. Complete fun tasks
that draw on different intelligences.
3. strong>Impersonate and interview Neruda as a way to learn more. How so?
Students first select a favorite Neruda poem
, and then they rewrite two verses into a Valentine poem of their own.
Stepping inside Neruda's style,
your young poets will write the same number of syllables for each line of the poem selected.
In an imitation process used here,
they bring your own unique intelligences to the Valentine poem created from Neruda’s viewpoint.
A rubric is included to provide grading criteria
for this work. And examples of two-footed questions will help your students to tap into Valentine themes, into Neruda interests, and into their own unique writing capabilities.
This lesson allows students to enjoy the art of poetry,
enjoy playing with favorite Valentine themes, and benefit from personal poetry creations with rhetorical devices included, but without fear of poetic forms that can hold back writing talents.
Hopefully these ready-to-roll brain-based materials
will benefit your learners and leaders as they do mine at middle, secondary, university levels and beyond.
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as you learn and lead with the brain in mind!
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