A Single Shard

Linda Sue Park's "A Single Shard" transports readers to a 12th-century Korean village where a young orphan named Tree-ear longs to become a potter. Fascinated by the skill and artistry of the local potters, Tree-ear's life takes a pivotal turn when he accidentally breaks a pot and must work for the master potter Min to make amends. This narrative beautifully explores themes of dedication, integrity, and the pursuit of one's passion. The topic pack enables students to bring these themes to life by recreating crucial scenes from the novel, and it provides a framework for analyzing Tree-ear’s development, the conflicts he navigates, and the rich cultural backdrop of the story. Exercises included in this pack encourage students to delve into the character dynamics, mood, tone, and essential vocabulary of the novel. Apply the keyword #A Single Shard to access all content from this pack in the Comic Maker, allowing a deep and engaging exploration of Tree-ear’s journey and the historical context of the story.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Wit & Wisdom (K-8) — Wit & Wisdom, Grade 7 Module 1.