Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island: Lesson Plan 2

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After watching West of the West's documentary The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, class members imagine how Juana Maria/Karana may have felt about living alone on the island for 18 years and craft a blackout poem or a narrative in her voice.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the video after a reading of Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins
Classroom Considerations

  • Although the lesson can be incorporated in a unit that uses Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins as a core text, class members need not have read the novel to participate in the activity
  • Presumes class members have watched the documentary The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island
  • Writers should have experience crafting narratives, poems, and short stories
  • The link to a blackout poetry techniques resource does not work; however, resources are readily available on the Internet
Pros

  • The three-page packet includes discussion questions and writing options
Cons

  • No scaffolding is provided for the writing activity nor is a rubric included