Milbridge Elementary School truly embraced Annie’s books and delved deep into the content by plastering the hallway walls with fabulous Korean-inspired projects; descriptions and pictures of how it feels to be new, and comparing the Korean legend of Hong Kil-Dong to that of Robin Hood.
Grades 3-4 created Korean flags and fans and translated their names into Korean. These students asked Annie a lot of questions about her life in South Korea, such as: Was it hard moving from New Hampshire to Korea? And, “On a scale of 1-10 how much did you like growing up in Korea?” Annie’s answer was 11! Later, they learned some techniques for drawing dragons and practiced their technique.
Inspired by the style of The Legend of Hong Kil Dong, students in grades 5-6 chose writers and poets to research and then created graphic novels or comics about them. They also researched the game of “Yut,” a traditional board game played in Korea. “It’s a lot harder than it looks,” declared one young man.
Their workshop was on how to draw comics from story board to dummy. With comics there are images, panels, and text. Annie had them thinking about what type of text gets presented in comics- speech, thought, narration, and sound words, aka onomatopoeia.
Students in grades 1-2 worked with the book, I’m New Here, and talked about what home and community means. They read two similarly themed stories, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote and The Seeds of Friendship to compare and contrast. They knew all about rough drafts when Annie mentioned them but they knew them as “sloppy copy.”
The pre-K to kindergarten group showed off a mural made from I’m New Here coloring pages and enjoyed story hour with Annie.