Teacher Resources: Chapter 5 Island of the Blue Dolphins

Writing Prompts

Opinion: Why would the people have needed to travel from island to island or from the island to the mainland? Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details

Informative/explanatory: Describe the typical canoe used in the early 1800s (19th century) by the native people of the Channel Islands. Link to Voices from the Field to gather information. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about and explain the topic.  

Narrative: Write a first-person narrative of a short voyage from San Nicolas Island to Catalina, or of a longer voyage from San Nicolas to the mainland. Include details about sea conditions and weather.