Want something fun and easy for English class on Valentine's Day? That helps students think differently and creatively about characters?
Try character Valentines. Let students write Valentines from the perspective of one character to all the rest. Works as a fun activity for any novel.
From the reviews:
- "Love that these can be used with any book for a fun Valentine's Day party activity! I love how it requires students to be creative and take on the persona of a character from their book! Thank you so much for sharing!"
- "Your example valentine is hilarious! I love this idea and will be using it with my class on Valentine's Day. This is going to be a fun way to incorporate a little of the holiday (American culture) for my adult ESL students without putting anyone on the spot when it comes to declarations of real-life love. I think I'm going to have some fun writing up more examples of my own for people they know! :D"
Here's what the day will look like:
1. Divide students into groups and assign each group a character from the novel.
2. Give each group a mailbox handout, a box or bag or envelope (to use as a mailbox), a scissors, and the valentines.
3. Each group will create a valentine for every other character from the perspective of their character and then deliver them into the mailboxes.
4. Each group will read the valentines their character received and choose the two they think best reflect the characters’ relationship to share with the class and then hang up on the display (cute bulletin board banner letters included!).
Mailbox Cover: Give each group a mailbox cover and have them fill it in with their character’s name. Then let them tape or staple it to the box, bag, or envelope they are using for a mailbox.
Example: You can print this out to show everyone before the activity if you wish. Stress that they are supposed to try to show their understanding of the characters in the novel through what they write on the valentines.
Valentines: There are eight blank valentines for each group. Have students fill in enough for however many characters you are using for the activity. Let students know that not all Valentine’s Day messages will be about love. Plenty of people send valentines to friends or relatives, or even, as in the example, people they don’t like.
Banner Letters: Print out these banner letters to spell “BE MINE”, cut them out, and hang them up on a patch of wall or a bulletin board. Then as each group shares their top two Valentines with the whole class, invite them to hang the pieces up under the banner for a great classroom display.
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