The following activities are suggested to develop further reflection. You may present the list to your students prior to reading the story and give them the opportunity to choose one or more activities to complete after they have finished reading the novel. You may stipulate that they choose one art activity and one written activity.
Write a newspaper article about Kony, the LRA and child soldiers. Be sure to include an interview with either a parent of a child soldier and/or a former child soldier.
Imagine this book was turned into a movie. Create a sound track of the songs that you think could be played in the background during certain scenes. Give the name of the song and the artist/band. Also explain why you choose that song in particular for that scene. You must have at least four songs in your sound track.
Write the lyrics for the theme song that would be found on the movie sound track for this novel.
Create an ad that a humanitarian organization would use to make people think about the situation of child soldiers in the world. Be sure to include an appeal for a donation.
Choose a chapter from the novel and rewrite it as a scene in a play.
In interview format ask the author what parts of the story were easiest and the hardest to write. Write what you think the author’s responses would be.
H. Leighton Dickson created the cover for this novel. Create a different cover. You may use computer or hand drawn images.
Write an obituary for a child soldier.
The ending created a much heated debate between the author and one of her editors. The editor wanted to see the stone have an effect on Kony and see him change. The author demanded that the book remain as it is and leave the reader wondering if the stone works its magic on Kony or not. Imagine you are interviewing the author and editor. What questions would you ask about the above debate and how would the author and editor respond?
Imagine that Charlie is now twenty years old. Write an interview that a reporter would have with him.
Write an appeal to the United Nations asking the organization to step up its action to prohibit countries from using children under eighteen as soldiers.
Create a 3D diorama of an LRA camp.
Choose seven proverbs or quotes found at the top of each chapter, such as the proverb “A family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.” found at the beginning of the Prologue and explain how they relate to the content in that chapter.