Write and Read (Laura)
Valentine’s Day Activities for Secondary ELA
Updated: Feb 7
Elementary students shouldn’t be the only ones having fun on Valentine’s Day. You can have your secondary students celebrate too, and you don’t have to ditch your ELA curriculum to do it. Check out these Valentine’s Day plans your middle and high school English classes will love.
Conversation Hearts Poetry
Bring poetry to life with a paper version of the Valentine’s Day candy all your students know: conversation hearts! This conversation hearts poetry activity has two poem tasks, one all about love and one for the kids who just aren’t feelin’ it. Both are fun and engaging. Best of all, it comes as both a printable PDF and a digital Google Slides version to fit your classroom needs.
Character Dating Profile
Character dating profiles give students a chance to be creative with character analysis. This activity works with any novel or short story. While students think about a character’s personality and motivations, they will complete a dating profile. This activity requires students to read closely, make inferences, and support answers with textual evidence. Character analysis doesn’t get more engaging than this! This activity is both printable and digital.
Speed Dating Poetry
Speed dating poetry is fast paced fun that gets students out of their seats and interacting with one another. This poetry challenge is sure to bring on some laughs. While some students write poems all about love, their “dates” write poems criticizing love. They’ve never written poetry like this before, and they will have a blast! Thank you @englishteacherish for sharing a picture of your classroom set up for speed dating poetry.
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Happy Valentine's Day!