Use World Book Online to Learn about Valentine’s Day
– to be able to find reliable information online
– to be able to take notes
Log onto http://www.worldbookonline.com
using your school’s user name and password.
A. Use the search box to find the article on Valentine’s Day.
- When is Valentine’s Day?
- What are two gifts commonly given on Valentine’s Day?
- In what country are Valentine’s Day buns made with plums or raisins?
- In what countries do unmarried women sometimes get up early and watch for a man to pass their window?
- In what country do people give each other pressed white flowers?
B. Find the history section of the article.
- What Roman festival might have been the precursor of Valentine’s Day?
- When did the ancient Romans celebrate this festival?
- What was the purpose of the Roman celebration?
- How did that festival come to be celebrated in Britain?
- According to one story, which Roman emperor did a Christian priest named Valentine disobey?
- In what century did he live?
- What did he do that was forbidden?
- According to another story, what did another Christian named Valentine do that caused him to be imprisoned?
- What happened to that Valentine when he was in prison?
- When did February 14th become St. Valentine’s Day?
- What word from the Middle Ages sounded like ‘valentine’?
- What did that word mean?
C. Find the section about early customs.
- In which century was Valentine’s Day probably first celebrated in England?
- Who might have started the custom of sending verses, or poems, on this holiday?
- When did unmarried women start the custom of dropping pieces of paper into water to discover who they would marry?
- What are two things men did after they drew a piece of paper with a woman’s name on it?
D. Find the section about commerical Valentines.
- Who was famous, in late 19th century Britain, for her beautiful valentines?
- Who became famous in the U.S. for her valentines?
- What were ‘penny dreadfuls’?
E. Copy the citation information at the bottom of the article.
[This assignment may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided: ©2012 Sophie Rosen.]