A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Winner of the Newbery Medal

Kids Wings
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5th - 7th
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Kids Wings


Tree-ear, an orphaned Korean boy in the 15th Century, lives under a bridge and depends upon the local dumping ground for food. With the help of his old friend, Crane-man, Tree-ear grows in wisdom, character, and dreams. To become the apprentice to the grumpy, often abusive master potter Min is more than he could ever hope for. Yet, through a fortunate accident, sacrifice, and hard work, this door is opened to him.

Will Min ever allow to Tree-ear to make a pot? Can Tree-ear accomplish the enormous challenge placed upon him?

Winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, Single Shard is a masterpiece of historical fiction that will encourage its readers to embrace loyalty, integrity, justice, responsibility, humility, and courage.

The Kids Wings 21-page Literature Guide by Suzy Red includes these activities:

Anticipation Guide

Chapter Predict-Confirm Questions

Vocabulary List

Vocabulary 5-in-a-Row Game

Multiple-choice and short answer comprehension

Crossword Puzzle


Three Logic Puzzles

Graphic Organizer

Mapping His Way

Tree-Ear's Song to the tune of the South Korean National Anthem

Haiku Treasure

Crane-Man's Wisdom Today

Sijo Poetry

Jigsaw: Letters of Gratitude

Research Korea

Creative Drama Choices


This guide is delivered in both PowerPoint and PDF formats.


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