Book Club - Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell 10-14

Students will read Island of the Blue Dolphins at home and spend time discussing and analyzing the characters and events in class. We will predict, analyze and connect with the text.
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35 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Students will improve their reading comprehension skills, as well as their conversational skills, as we progress through analyzing the book during class time. They will practicing making inferences and text to self connections.
I have taught this novel for a couple of years with much success. This literary analysis focuses on adolescent challenges. Through guided discussions, students are able to gain an understanding of the numerous types of difficulties that young adults face while growing up. As readers, we learn that hardships and challenges are a part of life. Our goal is to find ways to cope with these challenges. 
Students will be required to read 50 - 60 pages between class sessions.
Please purchase, or borrow, a copy of Island of the Blue Dolphins written by Scott Odell. The ISBN number is 978– 0–547–32861–4
Student progress will be assessed through participation in class discussions.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please look up a book summary online to make sure that the topics covered in this book are appropriate for your learner. Please be aware that this novel is written for young adults who are mature and able to handle reading and discussing life challenges.This book deals with loneliness, struggles for survival, and death of family members. This book covers serious topics, however it also focuses on the importance of believing in yourself and staying strong and fighting through your challenges.

Please note that there are stereotypes and cultural inaccuracies of Native Americans within this book. We will use the words 'Native Americans' and 'Indigenous People' instead of 'Indians' when we discuss the people in this text.  

In class, we will talk about the different themes that are found in this book. Students will learn about the difficulties that the main character encounters and how she finds inner strength to deal with the hardships around her. We will discuss how everybody encounters difficulties in their own lives and how we all have to make choices and set our minds to persevere.


Natalie Sydor, M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Reading, Writing, and English Skills Teacher
216 total reviews
149 completed classes

About Me

Hi, my name is Natalie Sydor. I have been an English Language Arts and Reading Teacher for over 20 years. I have taught ELA and Reading to students from the ages of 5 - 18. My students have been native English speakers as well as English language... 
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