Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Compare and Contrast
When you compare and contrast you tell how something is alike and different from something else. There are key words that help us to compare and contrast in our writing.
The tab below takes you to a link that shares with you some of the main compare and contrast words that can be used. We will be practicing using them as we read the story of Karana's life. We will be comparing and contrasting various characters and how her life has changed throughout the book.
What we will COMPARE/CONTRAST
1. Karana & Ramo
2. Chief Chowig & Captain Orlov
3. Karana's life before the Aluets came & after the battle
4. Karana's life before she was alone & now that she is alone
Using Textual Evidence
When we answer questions we try to use textual evidence, proof from the text. Sometimes we can quote information right from the text or we can paraphrase it in our own words.
RACE to the RIGHT ANSWER!
R - Restate the Question;
For example; What color is Jane's shirt?
Restated: The color of Jane's shirt is _______________.
A - Address the WHOLE Question; Reread the question and make sure your answer answers it COMPLETELY!
C - COMPLETE SENTENCES; capitalization & punctuation
E - EXPLAIN and BE THOROUGH! Give the detail that is needed to support your answer.
QUOTING FROM THE TEXT
1. The author said, "-------"
2. On page # it says "------"
3. "---------" is an example of-----------
4. I know the character is ------------------ because on page # it says "----------------------"
5. I can infer that -------------- is correct because the character says, "--------------"
1. Why was Karana surprised that her father told the strangers his real name?
2. How do we know that the natives of the Island had experienced bad times with Aluets in the past?
3. Do you think the Russians should be trusted now? Provide evidence for your answer.
1. What kind of leader was Karana's father? Provide evidence to support your answer.
2. How did the arrival of the white bass on the ledge cause the first unpleasant incident between the Aluets and the natives?
3. How do you think the geography of of the island contributed to the native's innocence and isolation?
Chapters 3 & 4
1. In what way did Karana and her father disagree about the killing of the otters?
2. How did we know that the chief did not trust Captain Orlov to willingly live up to his bargain?
3. Reread the last few paragraphs of chapter 3. How does it foreshadow (help us predict) the events of chapter 4?
Chapters 5,6 & 7
1. How did the new chief Kimki have to reorganize tribal life after the battle? What problem arose from this new plan?
2. Why were the villagers of Ghalas-at willing to leave their island?
3. What character traits did Karana display when she chose to return to her brother on the island? Do you think these qualities will improve her chances for survival on the island? Explain.
Chapters 8 & 9
1. What are some of the survival skills Karana and Ramo had to employ (or use) when they were left alone on their island?
2. What was there about Ramo's personality that made his death seem inevitable (likely)?
3. How did Karana's superstitions cause her problems?
Chapters 10,11,12 & 13
1. Why were Karana's hopes to leave the island frustrated despite her fine navigation skills?
2. How did Karana's attitude toward her island change after her return? Use evidence from the text.
3. Why did Karana need to hunt a sea elephant? What were the real and imaginary dangers that she faced if she did this?
Chapters 14,15,16 & 17
1. How did the leader of the wild dogs become Karana's pet? Why do you think she did not kill him and wanted him as a pet?
2. How did Karana measure the passing of time? Why do you think she did this?
3. Rontu left Karana for a day to battle the pack of wild dogs. Why did he do this? Do you think Karana was right in not stepping in to help him? Why or why not?
Chapters 18,19 & 20
1. What evidence do we have the Karana had pride in her appearance even though she was alone on the island?
2. Survival often depends on wise planning. How did Karana prepare for winter during the summer months?
3. What scared Karana in the Black Cave and why did she decide never to return? Do you think you would have been as scared as Karana?
Chapters 21, 22, & 23
1. How did Karana's life change while the Aluets were on the island?
2. In the last sentence of chapter 22 Karana muses, "But suddenly, as I thought of Tutok, the island seemed very quiet." Why is Karana now expressing some criticism of her life on the island?
Chapters 24,25 & 26
1. How has Karana's feelings toward animals changed while she has been alone on the island? Why has this changed occurred?
2. Karana eventually stopped keeping track of her time on the island. Why do you think this happened?
3. Why is Karana thinking more and more of Tutok and her sister Ulape?
Chapters 27,28, & 29
1. How did the earthquake effect Karana's life on the island?
2. Using evidence from the text describe how Karana felt when the men on the boat left before seeing her.
3. How did the author prepare the reader for Karana's willing departure from the island?