Valentine’s Day is a time that evokes feelings in people of celebration, lamentation or an emotion somewhere in-between these opposites. Story characters experience the same roller coaster ride of feelings.
In this 5-page packet, LOVE NOTES - 6 Activities to show, “I love you,” or “I love you not," Middle and High School students have the opportunity to explore and reveal their feelings about this holiday as well as those of characters from their required and independent reading.
In the activity, "A Character Love Song," students choose any character from a story that they are currently studying or that they have read in class this school year. Their assignment is to create lyrics for a Valentine’s Day love song from the point of view of this person that he/she writes to another character in the story. Details included in these lyrics must reflect the feelings, emotions and personality of the character/lyricist. They must also include references to conversations or situations that these people shared.
For the next activity, "Is Valentine’s Day a Save or a Delete?," students are to pretend that voters will choose whether this day should be kept on the state calendar or deleted. They must write a persuasive opinion piece for the school and/or the local newspaper where they present and support their opinion on the topic.
The final handout, "A Quartet of Valentine’s Day Warm-Ups," presents four Valentine’s Day-related Warm-Up topics. One concerns story characters and a box of assorted chocolates, the second one has students creating a perfect romantic partner relationship, the third topic asks students to choose two characters from the same story where each one shares opposite feelings about Valentine’s Day, and in the fourth Warm-Up, students use their Perfect Pair from Topic # 2 for a social media writing.
Teachers, choose only one activity, or all six- "A Character Love Song," "Is Valentine’s Day a Save or a Delete?" and each of the four ideas in "A Quartet of Valentine’s Day Warm-Ups" –whatever fits your agendas and needs to keep students hooked on their academic objectives as Valentine’s Day approaches.
Detailed Teacher Notes are also included in this packet.
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