Valentine’s Day isn’t always an occasion showcased by happy hearts, aromatic bouquets of flowers and luscious boxes of chocolates. Because of various conflicts, peoples’ words and actions might be prompted by feelings of revenge, sadness and selfishness instead of forgiveness, joy and giving. In this activity, Valentine's Day You Sent What??? Cards, students must consider the characters and their conflicts in the fiction or non-fiction work they are currently reading or in any other literature that they have read this year in school (teacher’s choice). Their finished project will show how these characters would handle Valentine’s Day.
• Choose three characters (from one or more texts). Design and create two Valentine’s Day cards that each one would send to his/her major adversary (6 hearts, total):
1. One that would wound or break this antagonist’s heart, that would escalate the conflict, and should never have been sent.
2. One that would mend or end the conflict between the two opponents and should have been sent.
• Along with each valentine, complete the following:
1. A summary of the two characters and the major conflict between them.
2. An explanation of how each valentine would escalate, mend or end the conflict and why it should or shouldn’t have been sent.
3. Your opinion of how each character could have dealt with Valentine’s Day in a more beneficial manner.
• The hearts may be hand-designed, computer-generated or cut out from magazines.
• Affix your valentines in the space to the right of the summary and explanations.
• After examining your peers’ completed valentines and writings, complete the My Favorite Valentines page.
A Teachers Notes page lists the Common Core Standards that fit this activity, as well as the Bloom's Taxonomy terms students will utilize to complete the project. Valentine's Day You Sent What??? Cards allows students to increase their comprehension levels by combining their understanding of the character and conflict elements of literature with higher level thinking skills.
This engaging activity will appeal to a wide cross-section of students, from upper elementary through high school.
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