Tuesday, July 3, 2007

island of blue dophins(courage)mike

In this lesson, students connect with Island of the Blue Dolphins by looking at the text through three literary lenses: a mirror that allows them to find themselves in the text world, a microscope through which to understand the text’s literary elements, and a telescope that helps them see beyond the text. Students reflect on the meanings of courage and adversity, explore how setting and point of view aid character development, and look outwards to their community for people who have overcome adversity with courage.(http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1068)

Karana, an Indian girl, lives happily with her people on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is an island in the Pacific that gets its name from its beautiful shape — from above it looks like a dolphin lying on its side, "with its tail pointing toward sunrise," sunning itself in the sea. Around it blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds thrive. Karana's people live in harmony among the other animals on and around the island as they have for generations. Her father is the chief of the village. And then one day a boat comes captained by a Russian man, who "looked at the little harbor as though it already belonged to him." The captain and his crew wish to hunt sea otter on their own terms. Their disregard for the ways of the Indians leads to bloody consequences, and Karana's family is destroyed, and eventually with the arrival of more white men, the entire community disappears from the island, save Karana.For years she lives on the island alone, using the skills of her people to survive. For the first time, she modifies the skills only the men of her village had mastered. She makes a fence from the ribs of a whale. She builds a house. Eventually she becomes comfortable alone. She befriends one of the wild dogs, and the blue dolphins still give her strength. But she will not be alone for much longer.(http://content.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=2353)


brucezhang said...

I think your links are very good , I cannot find these .
But I have some questions.
What about Ranto and Ramo ?
Can you find more about it ?

Ms Dawn Chia said...

I don't see how the theme courage is reflected here. Rather think that it is more suitable for the theme-survival.

jinyang34 said...

Where is the courage show in this links? This looks more like the theme survival.