#1: Study a love poem, and then write your own!
#2 Incorporate Valentine’s Day into your Novel Study
#3: Incorporate Valentine’s Day into your Opening
Start each day (or at least quite a few) with a bit of February cheer. You can play love songs or audio clips of love poems (look in the bottom right part of the page on the link) as students walk in. You can incorporate love into your journal prompts – check out this great list of love-related creative writing prompts from Lit Bridge. You can incorporate funny love-related questions into attendance. Instead of having students say “here” you can ask questions like “Would you rather eat only chocolate for the rest of your life or eat only cheese?” or “would you rather go on a Valentine’s Day date to a circus or an aquarium?” and have them answer to show they are present. (Regular readers will know I love doing this kind of question for attendance).
However you decide to celebrate this holiday with your students, just remember that we all enjoy a change of pace and a little fun in our routines.