This Valentine's Day activity will focus on how we use words to express love, starting with a scene between a very famous couple, Romeo and Juliet. Their first words to each other are full of religious imagery and their conversation takes the form of a sonnet. Shakespeare uses his words and the structure of his passage to show that these two are a perfect, heavenly fit. A series of slides will guide your students through the process of analyzing the passage from the play.
Next, the students will do a writing activity that asks them to put words to love. They will be encouraged to look at all kinds of love—family, friends, interests—as not everyone has a special someone on Valentine’s day! They will try to develop as many similes as they can, and then you can have an informal poetry slam.
Next, students will work toward writing an extended metaphor that illustrates their thoughts on love. Show them the samples and then ask them to do some pre-writing before they write their paragraph or poem.
Handouts are provided for students, or you may prefer to have them write on their own paper!
While this is meant to be a Valentine's activity it could be used for your study of Romeo & Juliet, or for a writing activity at any time.
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