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Valentine's Day Activities, Hot Topics Informational Text, Does True Love Last?

Julie Faulkner
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  1. Engage and motivate students with these informational, expository text close reading assignments. These easy-prep Hot Topics Info Text Lesson is the perfect ready-to-go resource to practice close reading skills and comprehension. This resource is not just questions and answers - you are getting a fu
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Looking for a thoughtful, quick, and creative close reading lesson for Valentine's Day that covers several standards for your middle or high school students? I love to bring holiday themed lessons in when I can, but I am always very cautious to choose lessons that are standards-based. This mini-lesson meets both requirements perfectly!

Student Experience: Students exercise summarizing and close reading skills as they read the article about a couple whose love brought them back together after several decades. Next, students will respond to the article using either the open-ended or multiple choice questions. The questions are primarily structured to target common core ELA standards, but I have included some optional questions that could be supplemented to meet history standards. You can close the lesson by having students respond to the creative, poetry-writing extension project. This article's “love” theme makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day.


-Formal lesson plan

-Super simple sub sheet

-Standards links

-Link to article

-Idea for starter

-Short answer questions and answers

-Multiple Choice Questions

-Argumentative Prompt

-Extension Idea

-100% Editable

Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "We did this the Friday before Valentine's Day--the students loved it! The thought-provoking questions were awesome!"

♥ "My special education students really enjoyed this lesson. The questions used to introduce the article really prompted discussion. Everyone had something to share. As a whole group, we read the article, discussed the questions, and completed a summary (SWBST). Great tie in for Romeo and Juliet and Valentine's Day!"

♥ "Excellent tie in for Valentine's Day AND for our study of Night. It is good for them to see a little "good news" from WWII.

♥ "Great review for poetry prep for state test and also incorporated it with a connection to Romeo and Juliet!

♥ "Great lesson. I love the article. It definitely went over well in my classes!"

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For more ideas Valentine’s Day Resources:

Valentine’s BUNDLE for Teens

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Valentine's Day Short Research Project

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Terms of Use: Created by Julie Faulkner, updated 2020

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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