Prompt 1: Anna writes a letter to General Lee to convince him to let her pa and Michael come home and fight in Vicksburg. Pretend you are Anna and write to either Pa or Michael and tell them about your letter, why you want them to come home, and your plans to get your letter to General Lee.
Prompt 2: Which character do you relate best to in Anna’s family? Do you think you are more like Anna, James, or Sara? Pick one of the characters and explain in a paragraph why you are like that character. If you think you are not like any of the characters, that’s fine! But tell in a paragraph why not!
Prompt 3: Anna and her family have to live in a cave, and they can only go outside when the bombing stops. You’ve read in Finding My Place: One Girl’s Strength at Vicksburg different activities that the citizens did to pass the time during the day in the cave. Now write a short narrative pretending YOU are a citizen of Vicksburg, living in a cave, and describe how you are going to spend your day!
Prompt 4: When I was writing this book (I, as in the author–me, Margo), I had a hard time writing the ending because Vicksburg did surrender to the Union, and I wanted my book to be historically accurate–but how do you end a book happily in this situation? So, I chose to focus on the characters and how they changed and grew and became stronger, more independent people. And I focused a bit on the crush Anna has! So, you’ve read the epilogue–now write another one. Based on what you’ve read and the characters you know, what’s going to happen in the next week? In the next month or year? There’s no right answer–as long as your version makes sense, then that’s great! Share it with your classmates–did anyone predict the same thing?
Prompt 5: Anna loved to write in her journal–true events, poems, and made-up stories. This time, don’t pretend you are anyone but you and write a journal entry–you can write anything you want–about your weekend, about your school day, about your family, a fictional story, or a poem even. It’s your turn to have a journal and write from your heart!