When the kids want to celebrate Valentine's Day, but you want to keep the essay-writing momentum going, here is your solution! PowerPoint includes four think-pair-share activities, three brief prompt-related movie scenes, one love-related expository writing prompt, and one love-related persuasive writing prompt. Content reviews idioms and symbolism. The think-pair-shares are really just to hook the students, while planning the essays takes the majority of the class period.
I usually have the students create detailed plans for the essays in class and write body paragraphs for homework.