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K-14 Student Programs

Korea Comes Alive from "A Single Shard" Program

Engage your students with the history and culture of ancient East Asia by introducing them to the Newbery Award winning book "A Single Shard" by Linda Sue Park set in 14th C Korea. Receive a classroom set of this popular YA novel, a companion "Korea Kit" filled with A/V material, books and cultural artifacts related to the book to borrow, a bus subsidy to tour University of Michigan Museum of Art's Gallery of Korean Art with trained docents, and a hands-on model shipwreck excavation to find real celadon!

Participating schools will receive the Newbery Award winning book, “A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park for their classrooms. They will also receive the loan of the Nam Center’s “A Single Shard” themed Korea Kit which includes: a collection of books, DVDs, and cultural artifacts that relates to the setting of the book. As a reinforcement of the narrative and details that they learned in the study of the novel, the students will visit the U-M Museum of Art on a field trip to tour the Gallery of Korean Art, and it’s collection of ceramics with a docent. The information that they have been exposed to from the book, the Korea Kit, and in the Gallery of Korean Art will be reinforced as students work in teams to excavate model shipwrecks, putting together clues to track the ancient trading routes of celadon.

All four components of this program are awarded annually as a single package to Michigan-area educators on a competitive basis. Multiple grants may be available each year depending on interests and funding. Schools must be within 1.5 hours driving distance from U-M Ann Arbor. 

Sponsors: Nam Center for Korean Studies and UMMA. This program is also made possible in part by a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education.

Contact us for more information.

Application Procedure

Program Dates: April 18-21, 2023

Applications DUE by: Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:59 PM EST

Before entering our online application, please download the following form as it is required for upload at the end of the application