Across 3. What cupid shoots. ARROW5. A Valentine's Day treat. CHOCOLATE7. Valentine's Day color. RED9. Something you wear on your finger. RING10. He shoots love arrows. CUPID12. Something often written on Valentine's Day cards. BEMINE14. Touch lips. KISS15. The symbol of love. HEART | Down 1. An emotion. LOVE2. A day for love. VALENTINESDAY4. Theflower of love. ROSE6. People often exchange these on Valentine's Day. CARDS8. Go on a _______. Go somewhere with your boyfriend or girlfriend. DATE11. Something a poet writes. POEM13. Present. GIFT |
Traditional Valentine’s Day Rhyme: Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet.And so are you. -Anonymous | |
St. Valentine’s Story
Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine.. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared
Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expectedmen to volunteer to join. Many men justdid not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As youmight have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what
happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his newlaw was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law!
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Evenafter Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies --
secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. Wewould whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.
One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.
I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful thingshappened. Many young
people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They
wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.
One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her tovisit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing byignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love from your Valentine."
I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, peopleremember. Butmost importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, andthey laugh -- because they know that love can't be beaten!
I.Read the text and say if the following statements are True or False:
1. Many people liked Emperor Claudius but St. Valentine didn’t. FALSE
2. Soldiers weren’t allowed to getmarried. FALSE
3. Claudius forbade people to get married because then men didn’t want to go to the army. TRUE
II.Read the text again and answer to the following questions according to the text:
1. When and where did St Valentine live? He lived in Rome during the third century
2. Who was the emperor at that time? The emperor was Claudius
3. Did St. Valentine like him? No, he didn’t like the...