A Single Shard
Age 11-13: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 4

Life in ancient Korea is full of hardship and hunger for an orphan boy named Tree-ear. While he is given a job helping an artisan potter, according to tradition he is not permitted to create the pottery he so longs to make. When visitors from the royal palace come to town, Tree-ear has an opportunity to change his life forever.

Practice identifying and using pronouns and antecedents in writing. Develop a comparison and contrast essay that explores relationships between characters in the book.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Korea (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Tree-Ear
  • Lesson 3: Hard Work
  • Lesson 4: Food and Pottery
  • Lesson 5: The Royal Emissary
  • Lesson 6: Village Life
  • Lesson 7: Opportunity
  • Lesson 8: Korean Pottery
  • Lesson 9: Words of Wisdom
  • Lesson 10: The Fox
  • Lesson 11: Relationships
  • Final Project: Comparison and Contrast Writing (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characterization as delineated through a character's thoughts, words, speech patterns, and actions; the narrator's description; and the thoughts, words, and actions of other characters. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze how the author's choice and use of a genre shapes the meaning of the literary work. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the connections of relationships between and among characters (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the development of the plot through the internal and external responses of the characters, including their motivations. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze themes and central ideas in literature and other texts in relation to personal issues/experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Articulate the expressed purposes and characteristics of different forms of prose (e.g., short story, novel, novella, essay). (Language Arts)
  • Create an artistic interpretation that connects self and/or society to the selection. (Language Arts)
  • Create documents by using word-processing skills and publishing programs; develop simple databases and spreadsheets to manage information and prepare reports. (Language Arts)
  • Deliver oral summaries of books. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage (e.g., pronoun reference). (Language Arts)
  • Describe multi-dimensional instructions from text to complete a task, solve a problem, or perform procedures. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary words using context clues. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the speaker's attitude toward the subject. (Language Arts)
  • Develop and justify the interpretation of literature through sustained use of examples. (Language Arts)
  • Develop interpretations of literature exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight. (Language Arts)
  • Evaluate information from different sources about the same topic. (Language Arts)
  • Explore and evaluate the underlying assumptions of the author. (Language Arts)
  • Extend understanding by creating products for different purposes, different audiences, and within various contexts. (Language Arts)
  • Extend vocabulary knowledge by learning and using new words. (Language Arts)
  • Follow and give complex instructions to perform specific tasks, answer questions, or solve problems. (Language Arts)
  • Identify all parts of speech and types and structure of sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and analyze recurring themes across works (e.g., the value of bravery, loyalty, and friendship; the effects of loneliness). (Language Arts)
  • Identify and trace the development of an author's point of view or perspective in text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify events that advance the plot and determine how each event explains past or present actions or foreshadows future action. (Language Arts)
  • Identify, use, and understand the function of relative pronouns (e.g., whose, that, which) in the context of reading, writing, and speaking. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret both explicit and implicit messages in various forms of media. (Language Arts)
  • Justify interpretations of literature through sustained use of examples and textual evidence. (Language Arts)
  • Listen to and interpret a speaker's messages. (Language Arts)
  • Make clear references between pronouns and antecedents. (Language Arts)
  • Make connections between works, self, and related topics. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions about the author's purpose in cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts. (Language Arts)
  • Model an understanding of conventional written and spoken expression using pronouns correctly, including clear antecedents and correct case. (Language Arts)
  • Organize interpretations of literature around several clear ideas, premises, or images from the literary work. (Language Arts)
  • Present information in a consistent format. (Language Arts)
  • Revise writing to improve organization and word choice after checking the logic of the ideas and the precision of the vocabulary. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize or paraphrase information in a systematic way. (Language Arts)
  • Support all statements and claims with anecdotes, descriptions, facts, and specific examples. (Language Arts)
  • Use a variety of complete sentences (e.g., simple, compound, complex) that include properly placed modifiers, correctly identified antecedents, parallel structures, and consistent tenses. (Language Arts)
  • Use different organizational patterns as guides for summarizing and forming an overview of different kinds of expository text. (Language Arts)
  • Use strategies of note taking, outlining, and summarizing to impose structure on composition drafts. (Language Arts)
  • Write fictional or autobiographical narratives by developing a standard plot line (having a beginning, conflict, rising action, climax, and denouement) and identifiable voice. (Language Arts)
  • Write responses to literature and develop an interpretation exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight. (Language Arts)
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