Teacher Resources: Chapter 15

Writing Prompts

Opinion: Compare and contrast present-day domesticated dogs (pets) and domesticated dogs that lived on San Nicolas Island in the 1800s (nineteenth century). Include reasons for why they might have different lives.

Informative/explanatory: Explain a possible daily routine that Karana would have followed in order to take care of Rontu. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Narrative:
Option 1: Write a first-person narrative of a domesticated dog meeting a wild dog for the first time. Include dialogue.

Option 2: Write a fable about the first domesticated dog. Your fable must include an animal acting and talking like a person and must state a lesson learned at the end. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

Lesson Plans

Island Dogs—Friend or Foe?
Hunters Versus Pets

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