Stargirl Extension Activity
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
About this book
1. Stargirl and Leo have fun playing a "greeting card" game: After reading an advertisement on a bulletin board ("Odd Jobs-Ask for Mike"), they decide what that person most needs and create a card, such as a "keep-your-chin up" card. Carefully observe a stranger for 10 minutes. Create a greeting card that he or she needs.
Stargirl teaches Leo the greeting card game on page 114.
2. Stargirl won the state's public speaking contest. Prepare a short speech for an oratorical contest on a topic such as Have the Courage to Be Yourself. Outline your speech on note cards. Visualize yourself winning the contest. Then deliver your speech to the group.
Speeches will vary.
3. Create a time line of major events in Leo's life, including his age at the time and short description of the milestone. Project the time line into Leo's future, after the book has ended. Present your work to your group and discuss.
The facts of Leo's life according to the text are: he and his family moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona when he was 12; after high school he went to college, then took a job back East as a set designer; and fifteen years after high school, he has no family of his own.