Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Genre: Historical Fiction
Theme: Teamwork / Determination / Compassion
Quick Summary: Karana and the other members of her tribe are forced to leave their island home. When Karana realizes her young brother is not on the ship, she jumps overboard to rejoin him on the island. Karana and Ramo begin a new life together, alone on the island.
Vocabulary Strategy Focus
USE SENTENCE AND WORD CONTEXT TO DETERMINE MEANING: Look at clues in sentence or paragraph to help find the meaning.
MULTIPLE MEANINGS OF WORDS: Several words in this selection have multiple meanings ( pitched, etc.) Readers will use context clues to determine the correct definition.
Reading Strategy Focus
PREVIEW and PREDICT for PRE-READING: Through a picture walk, readers will predict what the selection is about and also using knowledge that students have about non-fiction writing.
READING AHEAD: Experienced readers will read ahead to find information to help them better understand what they are reading.
IDIOMS: The author uses several idioms to create a lively and friendly tone. An idiom is a group of words that combine together to mean something different from what the words mean on their own. Examples from this story: "run smack into" and "paid off."
SIMILES: A comparison between two things, using the word "like" or "as." Example: "Matasaip's face was like a stone." Students will look at how the images influence the story.