Share/Like This Page
Print Instructions

NOTE: Only your test content will print.
To preview this test, click on the File menu and select Print Preview.




See our guide on How To Change Browser Print Settings to customize headers and footers before printing.

Valentine's Day Reading Passage (Grade 4)

Print Test (Only the test content will print)

Valentine's Day Reading Passage

Valentine's Day - Chocolate Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere--it's Valentine's Day! On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship. But where did this holiday of affection come from?

The origins of Valentine's Day are murky. We do know that the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February--the saint day that celebrated several early Christian martyrs named Valentine. But somewhere along the way, Valentine's Day came to represent romance.

The romance we associate with Valentine's Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14th. During the Middle Ages, human lovebirds recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" wrote William Shakespeare. And poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning expressed love this way: How do I love thee; let me count the ways. We also hear these sentiments in love songs, such as this funny old tune, "Aba Daba Honeymoon."

"Will you be my Valentine?" Nowadays, people often ask this of their loved ones in greeting cards. Probably the first greeting cards, handmade valentines, appeared in the 16th century. As early as 1800, companies began mass-producing cards. Initially these cards were hand-colored by factory workers. By the early 20th century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine. Perhaps you will give or receive a card today or celebrate your family or that special someone in another way.

-- Adapted from America's Story
1. 
When did Valentine's Day begin to represent romance?
  1. During ancient Roman times
  2. During the 14th Century
  3. During the 20th Century
  4. No one really knows
2. 
What does the word AFFECTION mean as used in the first paragraph?
  1. A feeling of enjoyment
  2. A feeling of fondness
  3. A feeling of sadness
  4. A feeling of excitement
3. 
Which is NOT a way the passage highlights as a method people expressed their love?
  1. Through poems
  2. Through songs
  3. Through flowers
  4. Through cards
You need to be a HelpTeaching.com member to access free printables.
Already a member? Log in for access.    |    Go Back To Previous Page