Lesson 9: Words of Wisdom


Sentence Correcting

Materials: journal
Copy the following sentences in your journal, correcting any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors:
  • It some times took Tree-Ear a while to figure out Crane-mans riddles but he prefered puzzling over them to being told what they ment.
  • Not you Tree-ear shouted flapping his arms in frustration like a giant bird.
Here are the suggested sentence corrections. (Changes from the original are underlined.)
  • It sometimes took Tree-ear a while to figure out Crane-man's riddles, but he preferred puzzling over them to being told what they meant.
  • "Not you!" Tree-ear shouted, flapping his arms in frustration like a giant bird. (A comma instead of an exclamation point after you would also be correct.)

Activity 1: Quotes

Materials: art paper*, paints and other art materials*
Wisdom is a deep understanding of people, things, or situations. Crane-man is very wise, and he believes it is important to share with Tree-ear the wisdom he has gained through living. When Tree-ear is on his journey, he remembers many of the truths and words of wisdom he learned from Crane-man, and these truths serve as a great comfort and help to him. Crane-man teaches Tree-ear about life and how the world works. One way he does this is through storytelling and the wise and meaningful words he spins together to give Tree-ear guidance and self-assurance. Crane-man and Tree-ear have a very special relationship — they depend on one another for love and for survival.

On the page, "Quotes," read through some of the meaningful words Crane-man speaks to guide and help Tree-ear navigate the world.

When you finish interpreting the quotes, select one of the following options.
Read your child's interpretation of the quotes on the page, "Quotes." Check to see that he understands the truths behind Crane-man's words.

The following are possible interpretations of the quotes. Your child's interpretation will be in his own words. The important thing is that he understands the universal truths behind the quotes.

"Scholars read the great words of the world. But you and I must learn to read the world itself." (People who are not educated must learn how to survive in the world and must live by their wits and the practical demands of the world.)
"Work gives a man dignity, stealing takes it away." (When you work, you show that you have pride and know the value of whatever it is you are working for, but when you steal, you lose your pride and disrespect the value of what you stole.)
"My friend, the same wind that blows one door shut often blows another open." (Often in life you may want something and realize you can't have it, but at the same time you may often find new options available.)
"A well-kept tradition can be stronger than a law." (Just because something is not a law does not mean that society doesn't follow it as if it were a law and that there are not consequences for breaking it.)
"We are afraid of things we do not know — just because we do not know them." (We often fear things that are unknown, but once something is no longer mysterious, we often realize it did not need to be feared.)

Then your child will select to either illustrate one of Crane-man's quotes or to make up his own quote that could help someone better understand life.

Option 1: Memorable Quote

Select one of your favorite quotes from Crane-man. On a blank sheet of art paper, neatly write the quote and then create a drawing, painting, collage, or other visual image to illustrate the quote. Hang your artwork in a place where you will be reminded of Crane-man's truths and look for opportunities to apply the words to your own life.
Ask your child to share his artwork and to explain how the image reflects the quote.

Option 2: Your Own Words of Wisdom

Make up your own words of wisdom that you could pass down to a younger sibling, cousin, or family friend. Think about how the truth you write has helped you in the past. You might want to explore Korean proverbs and find one that has special meaning for you that you can "translate" to your own life experiences or culture and make it understandable for a young child.For example, there's a Korean proverb, "Another person's ddeok (rice cake) looks bigger," which is like our "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" saying. A retelling for a child might be "The toys are always better at a friend's house." The link below has a list of other Korean proverbs.

Write down your words of wisdom and share them with a younger child. Explain to the child how you have seen the truth play out in your own life.
Web Link
Ask your child to share his quote and describe two ways he has seen the quote ring true in his own life.