Ep 105: How to Channel Students' Valentine's Day Energy and Excitement Into Great Writing - EB Academics

Ep 105: How to Channel Students’ Valentine’s Day Energy and Excitement Into Great Writing

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we propose that instead of fighting the sugar and love-crazed energy of your students, you embrace it! In a middle school, there is no shortage of giggles, teddy bears, candy, and bubbly excitement in the classroom, but that doesn’t mean the standards and rigor have to go out the window. 

We believe that it’s entirely possible to harness your students’ energy into a fun learning experience and even some great writing! Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to introduce students to some Shakespeare (without boring them to death) and get them arguing about love.

In today’s episode, we share our all-time favorite Valentine’s Day lesson that we’ve used in fifth grade, all the way up to high school! We explain, step-by-step, how we use Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and conversation heart candies to help students write a love letter using textual evidence and love-induced zest. Whether you want to create the lesson on your own, or snag ours here, this activity is sure to be a hit with your students. We want you to capitalize on the holiday instead of calling it a “wasted day” and putting on a movie. Try it out and share the results! Your students will thank you. 

Tune in now to hear:

  • [01:10] A little bit about Jessica and Caitlin
  • [03:00] Valentine’s Day in our classroom
  • [05:00] All about our favorite Valentine’s Day lesson
  • [05:50] Grab our Valentine’s Day activity HERE
  • [08:40] How this lesson is engaging and rigorous

Click here to listen now!

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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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