Literature Skill: Characaterization

blueISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
By Scott O’Dell
Skill: characterization

Karana and her family live on a small island off the southwestern coast of California. When trouble breaks out between Aleut otter hunters from the far north and the men in Karana’s tribe, many are killed. Haunted by the memories of their slain loved ones, Karana’s people decide to leave the Island of the Blue Dolphins. As they depart, Karana realizes that her younger brother, Ramo, is not on the ship. In a split second decision, Karana jumps into the churning sea and swims back to the island and her brother. Throughout the novel, which is based on a true story, issues of character, survival, and appreciation for life will enthrall the reader.

Students summarize character traits of Karana when they complete this engaging worksheet.

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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