Island of the Blue Dolphins - Includes Sample Writing Task

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This lesson includes scaffolded analytical writing tasks that provide examples for teaching Common Core writing.

Karana is a Native American girl who lived with her people on a rugged island 75 miles off the coast of California. When a friendly ship’s crew came to rescue her people, Karana stayed to be with her brother who was left behind by the ship’s crew, and after he is killed by wild dogs, Karana only had the resources of the island to figure out how to survive. (Pearson Reading Street, 2010)

This lesson was created as part of the Basal Alignment Project, during which teachers created CCSS-aligned lessons for existing literary and information texts in basal readers. All page numbers and unit/week designations found in this lesson relate to the edition of the basal reader named above. If you are using a trade book or different edition of this title, the page/unit/week references in this lesson will not match. Consult the content referenced in the body of the lesson to determine appropriate page numbers for your text.

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