Island of the Blue Dolphins
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Author: Scott O'Dell
Subject: A young girl overcomes great hardship and survives for years as the only human on a Pacific island.
Setting: Ghalas-At, a Pacific island, early 1800s
Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on the true story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on a Pacific island. She waited, year after year, for a ship to rescue her. While she waited, she survived by building a place to live, making weapons, and finding food.
|Lexile Measure: 1000
Grade Level: 5
|Gender of Main Character: Girl
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In the story, we learn that the people who live on the Island of the Blue Dolphins have two names. One name is commonly used. The other is a secret name that is used infrequently. The people believe that the secret name holds magic that can be worn away if it is used too often. Write about a secret name you would choose for yourself.
The meeting of two cultures can be helpful or harmful to one or both groups. Write a paragraph describing what occurs at the beginning of the story when outsiders come into contact with residents of the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
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