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
-Link to article
-Idea for starter
-Short answer questions and answers
-Multiple Choice Questions
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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