Abstract 9, Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2013

Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth

Karen Maloley

Eastern Kentucky University

Abstract

Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth is set in ancient Korea.  This is a tale about a girl who painstakingly learns to sew a bojagi, or wrapping cloth, in order to be reunited with her mother who has been assigned as a seamstress for the king.  Students first read or listen to the story, identifying cultural elements such as food, shelter, language, religion, arts, or beliefs. Students then identify similarities and differences between Korean culture and their own using a Venn Diagram.  Students ultimately demonstrate their understanding of the Korean terms used in the story through an instructional strategy called a Mingle Party.  The activities in this lesson will support and build upon students’ understanding of cultural differences as well as cultural universals.

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