Hope Was Here Extension Activity
- Grades: 9–12
About this book
1 Pick a vivid passage from the book that stands out in your mind. Then, draw a picture of that scene with markers or other materials - making sure to use lots of color. Next, show the picture to a friend and ask them to describe what they see. How is what they describe different from what actually happened in the book?
2 Delicious, homemade food can lift someone's spirits, make them feel better - just as it does at the Welcome Stairways Diner. Perhaps that's why it's called "comfort food." Is there a favorite meal that always makes you feel better? Make a menu of some of your favorite foods, and describe whether that food has any special healing powers.
3 Write a letter to someone you see and talk to every day, someone who's very important to you. Tell them why you're thankful they are a part of your lives. Try to describe feelings and emotions that wouldn't normally come up in conversation, or point out good qualities of theirs that you might often take for granted. You don't have to send it, but you may want to.