Karana’s tribe has lived on the Island of the Blue Dolphins for centuries, but a tragedy forces them to leave. When Karana gets left behind, she must learn to live alone.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In the informational text “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island,” Jessica McBirney shares the story of the woman who was left alone on San Nicolas Island for 18 years.
“ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.
In this contemporary poem, a child has a realization about her own mortality.
In the informational text “Why Dolphins Man Us Nervous,” Robert Krulwich discusses dolphins’ intelligence and how it compares to humans’ intelligence.
This excerpt is taken from his book Wild Animals I Have Known, based on naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton’s true experiences hunting wolves in the American Southwest, including the infamous wolf Lobo.
In William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
In this short story by American writer Samuel Scoville, Jr., a young Caribbean boy accompanied by his grandfather goes sponge diving in the reef where a tiger shark killed his father—and where he faces dangers of his own.
In Carl Sandburg’s “Wilderness,” the speaker explains how he carries parts of the wilderness inside of himself.
In Emma Bartley’s “First Pet,” the speaker describes a pet hermit crab.
In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.