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Rigorous Reading: In-Depth Guides for Great Literature: Island of the Blue Dolphins

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This resource provides activities that help foster comprehension and reinforce knowledge of literary elements as students read Island of the Blue Dolphins. To prepare students for their reading of the novel, teachers utilise information about the book and its author, along with activities designed to acclimate students to the themes and/or concepts present in the book they are about to read. These activities allow students the opportunity to process short sections of the book individually, laying a strong foundation for their ability to engage more deeply with the chapters to come. For each section of the novel, students will complete individual and collaborative activities that encourage close reading, referencing textual evidence and drawing their own conclusions about the text.

The guides in the Rigorous Reading series aim to transform the reading of a great novel into a journey of discovery for students.

This in-depth guide has been written specifically for Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins. The lessons and activities have been structured and scaffolded to maximise the experience of reading and teaching this novel. To prepare students for their reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins, teachers utilise the novel information and pre-reading activities. Included in this section is information about Island of the Blue Dolphins and its author, along with activities designed to acclimate students to the themes and/or concepts present in the book they are about to read.

This resource provides activities that help foster comprehension and reinforce knowledge of literary elements as students read Island of the Blue Dolphins. These section activities allow students the opportunity to process short sections of Island of the Blue Dolphins individually, laying a strong foundation for their ability to engage more deeply with the chapters to come. For each section of Island of the Blue Dolphins, students will complete individual and collaborative activities that encourage close reading, referencing textual evidence and drawing their own conclusions about the text.

Additionally, this resource provides students with another avenue through which they can reflect on recurring literary elements while also connecting personally with Island of the Blue Dolphins. Each student maintains his or her own Interactive Novel Log, using it as a way to consider and then reconsider various aspects of Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Upon completion of Island of the Blue Dolphins, students can synthesise their ideas about the book by completing several individual and/or collaborative post-reading activities. This section of the resource includes such larger assignments as group projects and essay assignments.

Vocabulary lists are provided for each section of Island of the Blue Dolphins, along with suggestions for ways to teach vocabulary during reading and after completing Island of the Blue Dolphins. At the end of this guide, an answer key is provided for activities that require specific answers.

  • Karen McRae

    Karen McRae

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Additional Information

SKU TCR4919
ISBN 9781760564919
Publish date 16/10/2017
ascd video No