Genealogy and Ancestry
In the course of the novel, Molly goes to several websites in order to trace the ancestry of Vivian. Conduct your own ancestry search and develop a basic family tree to present to the class. During your presentation, discuss your research methods and findings.
Native American Symbolism
Molly's character is interested in symbolism, and particularly the symbolism represented by her jewelry cards and tattoo. Develop a presentation that explores animal symbolism from a Native American standpoint.
Cast a Film
Imagine that you are the casting director for a film adaptation of Orphan Train. Who would be the actors you would choose to play the main roles? Why would you choose these actors?
Look in your local newspaper or archives for an article that involves some aspect of the novel and bring it to class. You will present it in front of the class...
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