If you want to celebrate this Valentine’s Day like never before in the classroom, which was till now a strict no-no zone for love or romance, these Valentines Day tips are all meant for you.
You can even use lesson plans to learn about Valentine’s Day history and celebrations around the world, famous couples throughout history, courtship traditions or wedding traditions in other cultures.
-Using the weekly Vows column in the Weddings and Celebrations section as inspiration, interview a couple about their relationship. (How did they meet? What are the most memorable moments in their history together? What makes them well-suited to each other?) Write up what you learn in a short and entertaining Vows-style narrative and illustrate your story with a photo.
-Read about 10 inspirational marriage proposals Times readers submitted in 2009, then write a short skit that depicts an original and memorable marriage proposal between characters you invent.
-Write a love letter—to your crush, a friend, a pet, a place or even a favorite possession. Use these drawings, letters, poems, telegrams and letters created by famous New Yorkers as inspiration.
-Create advice columns about relationships by having students first generate anonymous questions individually, then work in pairs to choose one or two to which to write thoughtful replies.
If that was not all, try playing some love-themed student crosswords, whether Expressions of Love or Famous Couples.