Fictional Writing - Drawing from your inspiration of the tour of Val-Kil, and after studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, write a fictional story from the point of view of someone whose human right is being taken away or someone who’s advocating for a particular human right.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the ambassador to the United Nations, a civil rights activist, the First Lady, writer, journalist, mother, grandmother, feminist, teacher, courageous woman, proprietor, presidential advisor, and a volunteer for the Red Cross.
What is the value in doing so many different things?
Make a bucket list. What do you see yourself doing? Who do you see yourself becoming? I want to...
It’s the evening after a major dinner party hosted by the Vanderbilts, in which the upcoming presidential election was discussed (historical or using modern candidates). The servants have just finished their work, and are gathered for their meal in the servants’ dining room afterwards. What political viewpoints were discussed. How do each of the servants feel about the political climate, and how will they vote? Taking on the r...
Choose an individual from the Vanderbilt staff. Imagine the biography for this person. Where have you come from? What do you miss about home? How do you feel about employment with the Vanderbilts? What challenges do you still face, and how can you overcome them?
Poetry - Choose an object or space in the Vanderbilt garden that is particularly inspiring. Describe and let your imagination take flight as you explore your surroundings in verse. Pay particular attention to description and the information provided by your sense.
Imagine you are having dinner with Eleanor and/or Franklin Roosevelt in preparation for a big speech about a matter of importance. What advice would you ask them? What advice would they give? Write this conversation as a dialogue. Then, try composing your speech!