This Valentine’s Day, cultivate your love of the English language and the time-honoured art of beautiful handwriting!
We live in a society that allows us to be bombarded with ‘perfect’ images many times a day. Here is an opportunity to take a step back in time, become more attuned to the beauty of the ever-changing English language and to relish your own unique, perfectly ‘imperfect’ creativity.
Here you will learn a bit about the history of English and the surprising variety that has existed in spelling and word choice through the centuries. Further assignments will cultivate a bit of love for your own handwriting by practising longhand or block letters, or by learning the uncial alphabet and trying a bit of calligraphy! Colouring and crafts instructions for making your own Valentine’s Day cards and decorations (with suggested musical accompaniment) will allow you to cultivate a love of beautiful artistic achievements.
• two files, one for younger students (age 8-10) and one for older students (age 11-13)
• Thomas Campion’s poem ‘Tune Thy Musicke To Thy Hart’ in various formats
• a brief History of English Spelling (separate texts for each age group)
• vocabulary lists and a closer look at the word ‘affect’ (younger students only)
• reading comprehension questions (older students only)
• handwriting and calligraphy practise
• colouring pages and Valentine’s Day card cut-outs (to be coloured in and written on by the student)
• instructions and answer key
Poem on which the unit study is based:
Tune thy Musicke to thy hart,
Sing thy joy with thanks, and so thy sorrow :
Though Devotion needes not Art,
Sometimes of the poore the rich may borrow.
Strive not yet for curious wayes :
Concord pleaseth more, the lesse 'tis strained ;
Zeale affects not outward prayse,
Only strives to show a love unfeigned.
Love can wondrous things affect,
Sweetest Sacrifice, all wrath appeasing ;
Love the Highest doth respect ;
Love alone to Him is ever pleasing.
By Thomas Campion (1567- 1620)