Teachers and Students Organize Korea Festival at Whitman Middle School

1 June 2011

On April 29th, educators at Whitman Middle School organized a Korean festival for their sixth grade students. As the culminating activity for a unit on the novel A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, this festival showcased all that students have learned about Korean culture, history, and art.

Whitman teachers Lisa Amadei, Jeanette Conroy, and Nicole Dallin attended last year's Primary Source seminar Understanding Korea: Prominence, Politics, and Personal Experience to expand their knowledge on Korea and enhance the novel-based curriculum for their students. "The three day course that we attended at Primary Source was instrumental in the success we had in teaching our A Single Shard unit," they said. "From the knowledge we gained at the course, we developed curriculum work stations about Korea involving flags, maps, and food. We also incorporated a lesson using Google Earth and a brief overview of the Korean Demilitarized Zone."

Highlights of the festival included a lesson on eating with chopsticks, Korean music and video clips, and folding origami cranes representing a character from the novel. Food was served in clay bowls created by students as part of a cross-curricular activity with the art department.

"Our students loved the festival and were very engaged in all of the activities. They were particularly fascinated by the culture of North Korea and how it differs from their lives."

View a slideshow of these activities and more from the festival.




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