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Valentine's Poetry Activities

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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65 pages
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Do your high school students need a fresh view of Valentine’s Day? This bundle of 3 lessons is perfect for teens who are anti-valentine's and need a break from all that cutesy love stuff. Guide them through 3 poems about 'love' and challenge them to see Valentine's Day from a totally new perspective.

Three lessons based on three poems: The Hat by Matthew Sweeney, Rubbish at Adultery by Sophie Hannah and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy.

Please note – these poems deal with sensitive issues and use language that may not be appropriate for every classroom. These lessons are aimed at K10-12 / AP Lit students.

# 38 slide Powerpoint presentation
# 25 page worksheet PDF
# Complete teacher guidance
# Answer key including analysis of the poems
# Copies of the three poems
# Guided questions and activities on each poem
# Group work analysis task
# Youtube video links to illustrate ideas
# Creative and imaginative response tasks
# Analytical response tasks
# Debate / Socratic seminar prompts
# Three freebie activities from my Task cards and worksheets for Fiction collection


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Total Pages
65 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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