Valentine’s Day View & Respond – [History Behind the Holiday]

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I had a lot on the agenda for February, 14th during Language Arts/Writing, but I thought it would be nice to add this. I think I will let the kids enjoy Valentine’s Day for a portion of the class. We’re currently working on investigative reporting, so this view and respond will tie in quite nicely. I will need to adjust the lesson plan and take out a previously planned activity, but I think this will be well worth it.

I will be working on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & respond about the history behind Valentine’s Day. Students will begin class with a light-hearted bell work prompt about their favorite memory from Valentine’s Day if applicable. For those who don’t have favorable memories, I will prompt them to answer this question, if they could find out the history behind any holiday, which one would it be and why? After the bell work, students will be given a handout [here] in order to give students a synopsis of the multimedia clip as well as discussion questions. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why)… Students will be given about 5 to 7 minutes to answer the questions from the previously mentioned handout. Once students have completed the handout, I will open up the floor for discussion.

One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented along with guided prompts via the class handouts. That being said, another objective is for the kids to participate in a relevant discussion and hopefully have some fun with it. I spoke with some of the students, and they were disappointed about their field trip on Valentine’s Day being cancelled due to mechanical problems with transportation. Perhaps their Language Arts teacher will bring them a treat to end the class… Do kids still eat Jelly Beans? Hope so because that’s all I could find on short notice ;]

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