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Ceased (chapter 4) Jianting-Vocabulary Finder

Required Readings

Dear 1D,
I need everyone to read Chapt 8, 15, 17 and 19 in preparation for Monday's class.
I expect everyone to read and there is no exceptions to be made.
There will be a pop quiz at the beginning of the lesson and you will be sent out of the class if you fail the quiz. Performance will also affect overall grading for project.
I suggest you take your work seriously. I am considering putting up the first grading this weekend based on your entries done over this week.

role: connecter





Plot Analyzer_JinYang(chapter 4)

The Aleuts dropped the bales of otter. They drew knives from their belts and as our warriors rushed upon them the two lines surged back and forth along the beach. Men fell to the sand and rose to fight again. Others fell and did not get up. My father was one of these.
I choose this paragraph because this is the most exciting scene as the Aleuts draw their knives and fight with the warriors. They keep attack and defense which make them move back and forth. Some are die and some are injure.

Discussion Director-Chapter 4 island of the blue dolphins

1)How did you feel when you have read chapter 4?
2)Does anything in chapter 4 suprised you?
3)What do you think next will happen after reading chapter 4 'Island Of The Blue Dolphins'?
4)Did anything make you more interested to continue on reading the whole book?
5)What makes you think this book is full of actions and is interesting?


1) Captain Orlov had not paid my father for the otters he had killed
-In real life,it is like someone who has not pay their debts.

2) The Aleuts laughed as they worked,as if they were happy to leave the island.
-In the real world,it's like someone's going to be released from prison,feeling happy.

3) I could not hear their words because of the noise the hunters made,but from the way my father shook his head,I knew he was not pleased.
-Like Ms Chia telling off a student,class 1d is making a lot of noise.I could not hear what she is saying,but I can tell that she is not pleased by the way she folds her arms and the expression.

4) "He is angry,"Ulape whispered."Not yet,"I said."When he's really angry,he pulls his ear."
-To the real world,it feels like someone whispering,"Ms Chia's angry..."Another says,"Not yet,when she's really angry,she's gonna shout!"

5)The wind started to blow.Suddenly Captain Orlov and his Aleuts turned and ran to the boat.
-In our world,it feels as if the wind blowing to create an eerie background.Then,a group of people turned and ran off,as if they had murdered someone.They were scared.

Discussion 2 of Group 8

8. How do you fell when you were reading P21 line 14 to 23 ?

9. What was going through your mind when you saw Karana's father died ?

10. Don't you think the father should not be killed ? Why?

11.Can someone summarize this section from chapter4 the first paragraph ?

12.Did anything surprise you about this chapter of the book?

13.Can you immagine what will happen on next chapter ? Write down you mind.

plot analyzer

From the first paragraph we know that the aleuts were packing their things.They did it as fast as they could.The sky was sunless and dark clouds were forming, signaling rain. The scene became chaotic when the aleuts broke their promise & gave jewellery instead of otter pelts.MY father shook his head,he was not pleased.



1. what was going through your mind when you knew that Chief Chowig stood up and fought when he is already injured?

2. How did you feel when you read about the warriors fell and did not stand up?

3. Can someone summarise chapter 4?

4. Did anything surprise you when you are reading chapter 4, paragraph 31 - 37?

5. Predict something about the next part of the book.

6. What was you reaction when you know that Captain Orlov brought more of his aluets for the battle?

leonda-plot analyzer(chapter 4)_2

The Aleuts left on a sunless day.Out of the north deep waves rolled down upon the island.They broke against the rocks and roared into the caves,sending up white spray of water.Before night a storm would certainly strike.

Not long after dawn the Aleuts took down their skin tents and carried them to the beach.

I choose recommend this paragraph because this paragraph described the the sea vividly.It also can predict the next day have storm or not.The sentence ' Not long after dawn the Aleuts took down their skin tents and carried them to the beach. ' and 'The Aleuts left on a sunless day'.I think these sentence means the Aleuts wants to go to the sea before the storm and early because maybe they want to be early to their destination and also advoid storm that day.


In the real world killing of otter was against the law,but in the island of blue dolphins it is not againts the law.spear are also replace by guns in the real world.However guns are not own by people ,only for job that are dangerous like police force.If people that fails to give the things that they paid for,they are not killed but to be taken to the police office.

Sea Otters

Some information taken from wikipedia:

The Great Hunt

Natural re-colonization of Californian coast by Enhydra lutris nereis, the Southern sea otter.In the 1600s to the 1700s, Russia was heavily involved in the sable fur trade. Peter the Great declared that Russia should have the monopoly in sable furs, and that they should find new populations of sable to hunt. The Russians conquered Kamchatka, in the eastern edge of Russia, where they could harvest sable and sea otter fur. The Russians continued to explore the north Pacific, looking for sea routes to Japan and America. Vitus Bering and Alexi I. Chirikov, two Navy officers, were given the task of mapping the Arctic coast and finding a way to America. Chirikov managed to return to Kamchatka in 1741, after much difficulty. Bering's sailors suffered from scurvy, and were marooned on Bering Island, in the Commander Islands, where Bering died. There, the surviving crew spent the winter hunting sea otters and gambling with otter pelts. They finally returned home in 1742 with 900 sea otter pelts, enough to pay for the entire expedition. It was Bering's expedition that set off the Great Hunt that was to continue for another hundred years.

The Russians sent many ships to harvest otter furs, and soon depleted all of the otter populations in the Commander Islands. They moved on to the Aleutian Islands, which were already inhabited by the Aleuts. Since the Aleuts could not repel the Russians, the Russians did everything they could to get their hands on otter fur, even taking hostages and forcing the islanders to hunt for them. It wasn't only otters that were hunted; the Russians wiped out the local fox population, along with the Aleuts. It wasn't until 1776, when Captain James Cook reached the north Pacific that other nations joined in the hunt. Captain Cook was killed in Hawaii by natives, but his crew sailed on to the lively trading port of Guangzhou in China, where they found merchants offering outrageous amounts of money for even the smallest scrap of otter fur. The sailors almost mutinied in their desire to return for more otters. It was then that the English discovered the value of these skins.

The Great Hunt continued, with Russians, Americans, and other Europeans competing amongst each other for that prized commodity. The Alaskas were almost completely depleted of sea otters, causing the Russians to sell it to the United States in 1867. Now, the sea otters were being slaughtered by the Americans. It wasn't until 1911 that an international treaty was signed to stop the hunting of sea otters. So few otters remained, some estimate only 1,000-2,000 in the wild, that many assumed they would become extinct. In 1938, biologists found a group of sea otters along the coast south of Carmel, California. This group and other surviving groups would form the nucleus for the restoration of the sea otters.

Plot Analyzer(Chapter 4)

Not long after dawn the Aleuts took down their skin tents and carried them to the beach. Captain Orlov had not paid my father for the otter he had killed.
so when the news came that the hunters had packed their tents, all of our tribe left the village and hurried towards Coral Cove. The men with their weapons went first and the women followed. The men took the trail that led to the beach, but the women hid themselves among the brush on the cliff. The Aluets lauged while they worked, as if they were happy to leave the island. My father was talking to Captain Orlov. I could not hear their words because of the noise the hunters made, but from the way my father shook his head, I knew that he was not pleased. The men who were working on the cande had stopped and were watching my father and Captain Orlov. The other men of our tribe stood at the foot of the trail. The boat went off to the ship filled with otter. As it reached the ship, Captain Orlov raised his hand and gave a signal. Our men left their places at the foot of the trail and moved forward a few steps and waited, watching my father. Captain Orlov said something to his Aluets that I could not understand, but its meaning was soon clear. There were many hunters in the cove and as soon as he spoke they began to carry the otter pelts to the boat. The hunters had to pass my father to reach the boat, and when the first one approached him, he stepped in his path. The Russian drew himself up stiffly and pointed to the clouds that were blowing in towarcds the island. Cpatain Orlov was silent. He looked at our men standing on the ledge of rock a dozen paces away. I do not know what happened first, whether it was my father who raised his hand against the hunters whose path he barred, whether it was this man who stepped forward with a bale of pelts on his back and shoved my father aside. But as I jumped to my feet and Ulape screamed and other cries sounded along the cliff, I saw a figure lying on the rocks. It was my father and blood was on his face Slowly he got to his feet. With there spears raised our men rushed down across the ledge. A puff of white smoke came from the deck of the ship. A loud noise achoed against the cliff. Five of out warriors fell and lay quiet. Ulape screamed again and flung a rock into the cove. Rocks showered into the cove from many places along the cliff, striking several of the hunters. Then our warriors rushed in upon them and it was hard to tell one from the other. The Aluets had drop the bales of otter. They drew knives from thier belts and as our warriors rushed uapon them the two lines surged back and forth along the beach. Men fell and did not get up. Our warriors were forced backward to the cliffs. There were few of them left, yet they fought at the foot of the trail and would not retreat. Suddenly Captain Orlov and his Aluets turned and ran to the boat. Our men did not pursue them. The hunters reached the ship, the red sails went up, and that ship moved slowly between the two rocks that guard the cove. Once more before it disappeared a white puff of smoke rose from the deck.

Managing Group Discussion

Dear 1D,
Due to the influx of activities on our class blog, there is a need for us to tidy up the way we are posting. I need everyone to go to your previous posts and add your group number in the 'Label'. I have allocated a number for each group so refer to the list below.

Group 1 - Madeleine,Shumin,Sharifah,Marliah,Hidayah
Group 2 - Nurul,Syafiqah,Dasheni,Naimah,Iswarya
Group 3 - Luke, Hakim, Amirul, Syakir, Qhairiq
Group 4 - Vivian,Noel,Kailin,Pearlyn,Angeline
Group 5 - Adelaide, leonda,junkit,Jia huan, Bala
Group 6 - Jianting,weishan,Rebecca,Yuanting,Meipeng
Group 7 - Eleanor,Dayana,Chloe,Elizabeth,Siyi
Group 8 - Zhang zilu (bruce), Goh jin yang,Toh shao wei,Chia mike shen,Hong meng hock

You will realise that Group 7 and 8 are left blank. The reason? I have not received any post from you regarding your group. I want the 10 of you to see me on Thursday regarding your grouping.

Plot Analyzer

Decide on a particular paragraph(s) in Chapter 4 which you think it is worth discussing/re-reading. These can be funny, scary, confusing, interesting, a vivid description, or any other good part you read.
Include a storyboard or cartoon strip of the particular scene you select.

Some useful links

You will find these links useful in your study of the book.

1) Chapter Analysis
2) The lone woman of San Nicholas Island
3) Collection of links

Plot Analyzer(chapter 4)

The tide was low and the rocks and the narrow beach were scattered with bundles of otter pelts. Half of the hunters were on the ship. The rest were wading into the water, tossing the pelts into a boat. The Aluets laughed while they worked, as if they were happy to leave the island. My father was talking to Captain Orlov. I could not hear their words because of the noise the hunters made, but from the way my father shook his head, I knew that he was not pleased.

Response: I think that it is worth discussing about this paragraph is because, it describes well on how the scene is on the island. And it also describes the Aluets feelings, which is, that they are happy to leave the island. And in my opinion, Karana knows her father well as she knew that her father was not pleased.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh(Chapter 4)

3) Surged



strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.


a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something: a billowing surge of smoke.


the rolling swell of the sea.

Example: Our warriors rushed upon them the two lines surged.

4) Shoved


1. To push forward or along.

2. To push rudely or roughly.

Example:Shoved my father aside.

5) Retreat


1. The forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

Example: They fought at the foot of the trail and would not retreat.



  1. A relatively long, evenly shaped piece of some solid substance, as metal or wood, used as a guard or obstruction or for some mechanical purpose: the bars of a cage.
  2. An oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.
  3. The amount of material in a bar.

Example: My father who raised his hand against the hunter whose path he barred.

Character Analyzer(chatper 4) Meng Hock

Chief Chowig:He was a very responsible and was willing to fight to the end for his tribe.He was a loyal and brave man.

Karana:The main character of the story and she was watching the fight between the aleuts and the villagers from a brush at a cliff.She also knew her father well because she knew her father's temper very well.

A sentence to show that karana knew her father's temper:'Not yet,'I said. 'When he's really angry,he pulls his ear.'

The aleuts:Unreasonable people and would not follow what they promised Chief Chowig.They even faught with Chief Chowig and ran off with the otter after killing and injuring the villagers.

Vocabulary Finder(chapter 4) Meng Hock

1.Ceased:To come or bring to an end

Example:He ceased to be a member of the association

2:stiffly:Body becomes straight and firm

Example:That man stood up stiffly and said:"i want the project by tomorrow."

3.Trail:A long line or a series of marks that have been left by someone or something.

Example:The bus left a trail of black smoke behind it.

Attention to all connectors

I need you to remember that you are to connect (similarities, differences) of theme(s), character(s), key event(s) with your personal life, happenings in school or in the neighbourhood, other stories, other writings on the same theme or even other writings from the same author.

Please take note and make suitable revision during the next session at the lab or preferably in the comfort of your home.

Important annoucement for discussion directors

I noticed that you have mainly posted comprehension questions. I would like you to post questions like the following:

- What was going through your mind when you read this?

- How did you feel when...?

- Can someone summarize this section?

- Did anything surprise you about this section of the book?

- Predict something about the next section of the book.

Please revise your previous entry during the next session at the lab or preferably in the comfort of your home.

Character Analyzer (Chapter 4)

Karana's father (Chief Chowig) - Responsible person , leadership quality , brave , willing to sacrifice his life to fight for his rights , loyal to his village
Specify Sentence that justify my interpretation of the character
He knew that he was a Chief and it is his duty to protect his village so he personally went to have a talk with Captain Orlor.(Responsible person , leadership quality , brave and loyal to his village)
It was my father and blood was on his face. Slowly he got to his feet.( willing to sacrifice his life to fight for his rights)

Captain Orlor ( The Aleuts) - violent , cunning , mean , stingy , dishonest
Specify Sentence that justify my interpretation of the character
He order his men to attack Chief Chowig 's village as he think that fighting can solve the problem.(violent , cunning , mean)
He did not pay for the otter that was killed and one of the men from The Aleuts lied that there were more chests on the ship.(stingy , dishonest)

Vocabulary Wizard (Chapter 4)


1. Sunless - it tells that something bad is going to happen
2. Filled with otter - it tells us that they wanted to take all otters without paying
3. The Aluets laughed - it tells us that they are sure that they can get away without paying
4. Shook his head - he wanted his share
5. Scarcely - feeling scared
6. Excitement - feeling happy to get a treasure chest
7. Gaze - look around his surrounding
8. Harmlessly - it did not injure anybody

Island of the blue dolphin


The tribe was just like a big family, they were very united, all of them decided to leave the village, not leaving anyone behind. They were just like a big family who will stay close together no matter what happened. Also, the warriors do not even gave up when they were forced backwards to the cliffs instead they fought until the end. This kind of spirit are very hard to find nowdays, the people nowdays always give up halfway when they feel that the journey is very diffcult and do not wish to carry on again. After that, they will feel very dishearten and upset. They have never cross their mind that that if they carry on till the end, they may success.