This activity is filled with nonfiction passages that focus on Valentine's Day celebrations throughout the world. Your students will learn about Valentine's Day and traditions of celebrations in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy, and Denmark. They'll also learn about countries who have banned Valentine's Day and another who pushes couples caught out together on Valentine's Day to marry. The diversity of this celebration makes the nonfiction topic of high interest for all upper elementary and middle school students.
Students will also focus on text dependent questions with inference, text structure, compare and contrast, figurative language, and more. I like to use this activity set as a literary station in my classroom, but you can use it in whatever manner you choose. It is flexible in its execution.
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