Great Loves in Classic Literature Activities

Grade Levels: 5-8
File Type: PDF (7 MB, 7 pages)

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Love is in the air with this fun activity featuring couples from classic literature… but make no mistake, it’s no simple word search!


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Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day activity that will stretch and challenge your students? Love is in the air, and this classic literature activity is no simple word find! It will require students to:

  • decipher clues to identify texts and characters
  • find names
  • discover the classic love quote
  • unscramble titles and authors, and finally
  • match classic works with their writer.

Some classics such as Romeo and Juliet will be easily identifiable, while others will prove more challenging.
A perfect activity to celebrate Valentine’s Day, to use throughout the year for early finishers (it’s not branded for Valentine’s Day) or to introduce a unit on well-loved classics of literature. Awaken an interest in the Great Books of literature and inspire your students to explore a classic they’ve not read before!
These classic love stories from some of the world’s best writers are featured:

Anna Karenina, Great Expectations, Les Miserables, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Pygmalion, Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Merchant of Venice, The Odyssey and Wuthering Heights


  • Great Loves in Literature double-sided one-page worksheet containing Who Am I quiz, Loves Lost word find, Love Jumble word scramble and Who Penned matching task. Eye-catching colour design- print for your class or assign digital PDF students can type into and highlight
  • Great Loves in Literature B&W version for ink saving
  • Answer sheets


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