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Valentine's Day is today!
|Grades||3 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Holiday & School Celebration|
Like many holidays, Valentine's Day arose from a confluence of Christian and pagan themes. Originally it was the occasion of a pagan Roman rite called the Lupercalia, on which young men and women were matched by drawing lots. In the fifth century, the Church changed the emphasis of the festival by making it the commemoration of a Christian priest named Valentine, martyred on this day in 289. Nevertheless, the day's association with romantic love persisted.
This would be a great day for students to practice their skills in using poetic devices. Have students find examples of each type of figurative language below, and then write an original example using each device, each time employing the word love:
- Simile: Love is like an ocean rolling over me.
- Metaphor: Love is a tree with many branches.
- Personification: Love whispers in your ear.
- Rhyme: Love sure can stink/Anyone in it might be a fink.
- Alliteration: Love lightly leaps.
When they have finished, students can illustrate their examples, share them with the class, and post them around the room.
- Shape Poems
This ReadWriteThink interactive tool allows students to create poems about selected shapes. For Valentine's Day, they can select a heart from the Celebrations theme.
- Figurative Language
This page includes definitions of several types of figurative language, including idioms, onomatopoeia, and alliteration.
- Today in History: Valentine's Day
This resource, from the Library of Congress, explores possible origins of Valentine's Day traditions. Related Library of Congress resources, such as music and photographs, are included.
- Eye on Idioms
This interactive resource focuses on idioms and accompanies the ReadWriteThink lesson plan Figurative Language: Teaching Idioms.
Activities & Projects
Grades 3 – 5 | Activity & Project
Use shape and theme poems, or poems that look like the things they describe, as a fun way to introduce children to poetry.
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
Tune in to hear about an array of recently-published smart romance titles that feature male as well as female narrators, gay as well as straight relationships, and stories of love unfolding in a variety of circumstances.