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These magical Valentine's Day Passages about Cupid and Aphrodite will fill your students with intrigue and delight! The comprehension questions ask the students to identify the topic, main ideas, and use context clues and word parts to find the meaning of new words (recipient, designated, myth and irresistible) from the passage. The final question asks them to construct a response explaining why they think ancient people told these fantastical stories. Another activity directs them to color code (with 3 different colors) parts of the text that pertain to Aphrodite and Cupid separately and then together. This will enable them to more easily complete the comparing and contrasting activity. I have also included some fun writing activities with graphic organizer prewrite and final copy sheets, one each for both Aphrodite and Cupid. The first one requires students to write about how others would respond to them if they had a magic belt like Aphrodite. The final copy sheet attaches to an outline of Aphrodite’s Belt on which the students can add jewel patterns and colors. The second is an opinion writing activity that asks them to give their thoughts and feeling about whether or not it is right or wrong for someone to force people to like others as did Cupid with his bow and arrows, then to support and explain their answer.
Use in a whole or small group setting, RTI, intervention classrooms, center work, or as independent work within the classroom.
The passages are written within a 4th and 5th grade reading range, but work for 3rd graders reading above grade level or below-target 6th grade readers.
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