Karana’s tribe has lived on the Island of the Blue Dolphins for centuries, but a tragedy forces them to leave. When Karana gets left behind, she must learn to live alone.
Abajo hay algunos pasajes que hemos seleccionado para complementar este libro. Asegúrese de leer los resúmenes de los pasajes y nuestras sugerencias para uso instructivo.
6 ° Grado Texto Informativo 970L
The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island
Resumen del pasaje: In the informational text “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island,” Jessica McBirney shares the story of the woman who was left alone on San Nicolas Island for 18 years.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “The Long Woman of San Nicolas Island” before reading the novel to introduce them to the true story that inspired the book, as well as historical background on the native peoples of San Nicolas Island. Ask students as they read to consider how Karana’s story compares to the true story of the lone woman of San Nicolas Island, and how well O’Dell captures life for natives on the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
8 ° Grado Poema No prosa
Resumen del pasaje: “ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “ICU” after completing chapter four to focus on the theme of losing a loved one. Ask students to compare the young speaker of the poem’s loss to Karana’s loss of her father. Ask students to consider how Karana feels about the death of her father and other tribe members as they read chapter five.
8 ° Grado Poema 900L
Making a Fist
Resumen del pasaje: In this contemporary poem, a child has a realization about her own mortality.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “Making a Fist” after reading chapter eight to focus on the theme of mortality. How does Karana react to her brother’s death? How does the speaker in the poem react to the idea of death? Ask students to compare and contrast both reactions. Ask students to consider, as they continue to read the novel, how Karana regards her control over her ability survives alone on the island.
7 ° Grado Texto Informativo 1080L
Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous
Resumen del pasaje: In the informational text “Why Dolphins Man Us Nervous,” Robert Krulwich discusses dolphins’ intelligence and how it compares to humans’ intelligence.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Introduce “Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous” after students have completed chapter 10, in order to provide them with insight into the human-dolphin connection Karana experiences. Ask students to use the article to analyze how Karana connects with the dolphins after she fails to make it off the island. Based on the background knowledge of dolphins that Krulwich provides, ask students why they think Karana gains strength and encouragement from the dolphins? How is this chapter a turning point for Karana and her relationship with the island?
9 ° Grado Cuento 1350L
Lobo, the King of Currumpaw
Resumen del pasaje: This excerpt is taken from his book Wild Animals I Have Known, based on naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton’s true experiences hunting wolves in the American Southwest, including the infamous wolf Lobo.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “Lobo, the King of Currumpaw” after reading chapter 15 in order to show students another example of a character hunting an animal as it relates to the theme of revenge. Ask students to compare Karana hunting the wild dogs that killed her brother to Seton’s description of hunting Lobo — how are the hunts similar? How are they different? What does each hunt reveal about the hunter’s culture?
7 ° Grado Poema No prosa
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
Resumen del pasaje: In William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” after they have completed chapter 18, in order to focus on the theme of joy and appreciation for nature. Ask students to discuss how Karana’s relationship to the island has developed, particularly in the context of the themes discussed within the poem. How does Wordsworth use imagery to reinforce the influence of nature? What are the similarities and differences to the way nature is described in the novel?
9 ° Grado Cuento 1300L
Resumen del pasaje: In this short story by American writer Samuel Scoville, Jr., a young Caribbean boy accompanied by his grandfather goes sponge diving in the reef where a tiger shark killed his father—and where he faces dangers of his own.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “The Reef” after reading chapter 19 to provide insight into the dangers of hunting on a reef. Ask students to compare the element of suspense when Karana hunts the “devilfish” (likely a giant Pacific octopus) to Jimmy Tom’s several encounters with dangerous aquatic animals in the short story. How do the authors treat suspense similarly? How does hunting and gathering affect life by the ocean for the characters in the stories? Is the hunt/search worth the risks for Karana and Jimmy Tom? Why or why not?
7 ° Grado Poema No prosa
Resumen del pasaje: In Carl Sandburg’s “Wilderness,” the speaker explains how he carries parts of the wilderness inside of himself.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “Wilderness” after completing chapter 24, in order to focus on the thematic connection between nature and the wild. Ask students to discuss how Karana has connected with the wildness of the island. How have the identities of both Karana and the speaker in the poem been formed around their interactions with animals and an understanding of nature?
7 ° Grado Poema No prosa
Resumen del pasaje: In Emma Bartley’s “First Pet,” the speaker describes a pet hermit crab.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “First Pet” after completing chapter 25 to focus students on the emotions of losing a pet. Ask students how Karana’s emotions at losing Rontu compare to the speaker of the poem’s feelings towards losing a first pet? Do you think both stories accurately portray the connections between people and their pets? Why might Karan’s connection to her pet be stronger? What particular characteristics in dogs foster strong bonds between them and humans?
5 ° Grado Cuento 560L
Resumen del pasaje: In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.
Cuándo y cómo vincularlos: Have students read “Funeral” after completing the novel as a connection to the theme of change and moving on. Ask students to discuss Karana’s willingness to leave the Island of the Blue Dolphins in the context of the story. How does Karana feel about the change in her life? How does Ralph feel? Is it easier for Karana to move on because she is leaving behind animals but not people, like Ralph?