Island Dig



Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:18AM PST (-0800 GMT)
Find the Lone Woman Dig – Can You SCOOP the Sacramento Reporter ? We challenge you to follow the directions below and prepare a short news report about this historic event – and if you need – use the DIG questions to help you research the story.

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:18AM PST (-0800 GMT)
This amazing story is most amazing because it is based on a TRUE story. Many people have written accounts of the Lone Woman’s experiences over the year, it has been the basis for an award-winning book, and it became a popular movie. When a written story is true, it is called non-fiction. When it is an invented story, it is called fiction. When it is an invented story based on loose historical events, it is called historical fiction. ……………………………. It has been over 150 years ago this year since the first rescue party went out to search for the Lone Woman of San Nicolas to rescue her from her 18 year isolation on the most remote Channel Island. But all they saw as a ghostly apparition beckoning to them. It was in 1853 that she was finally found and rescued.

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:29AM PST (-0800 GMT)
Here is a description of her discovery that was published by an anonymous writer in a Sacramento newspaper on October 13, 1853 – the same year she was found. After reading it, write us your own 100 word short newspaper feature ( non-fiction ) on the historical events surrounding her recovery in 1853, pretend you are a writer who has learned about this amazing event and is giving your town news of what has happened………………….. “The wild woman who was found on the island of San Nicolas about 70 miles from the coast, west of Santa Barbara, is now at the latter place and is looked upon as a curiosity. It is stated she has been some 18 to 20 years alone on the island. She existed on shell fish and the fat of the seal, and dressed in the skins and feathers of wild ducks, which she sewed together with sinews of the seal. She cannot speak any known language, is good-looking and about middle age. She seems to be contented in her new home among the good people of Santa Barbara. “…………..…… You can also find this online at button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:29AM PST (-0800 GMT)
Each Camp student has a variety of resources at their disposal to learn about this legendary woman. You can combine resources – film, book, online historical accounts – to write their own 100-or-more-word news article that would have been a description of her ordeal and rescue. Publication date would be BEFORE October 12th, 1853 and they can ‘scoop’ the above Sacramento writer. POST YOUR NEW REPORT BELOW IN THE DIG ROOM as soon as you have prepared your work (or email to camp@campinternet.net).

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:30AM PST (-0800 GMT)
If you need help learning about this TRUE story – use the following DIG challenges

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:30AM PST (-0800 GMT)
*DIG 1 – In what year did a ship leave the California mainland to go rescue the Islanders of San Nicolas? Be careful with this next question – in what month did they leave San Pedro to go to San Nicolas? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:30AM PST (-0800 GMT)
**DIG 2 – How many islanders were picked up from the island? What was the weather like? Who was not picked up and who jumped ship to go find that person? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:31AM PST (-0800 GMT)
**DIG 3 – Why did no ship go back for them that year or soon thereafter? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:31AM PST (-0800 GMT)
**DIG 4 : Now read the next section at button - how many years lapsed until someone tried to search for the lost people on San Nicolas? Whose idea was the search and what was the incentive?

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:31AM PST (-0800 GMT)
**DIG 5 – Who was the first man to search for the missing people on San Nicolas, and what curious human-made things did he find? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:31AM PST (-0800 GMT)
** DIG 6 – Who was the next Captain to go out to San Nicolas? He was motivated by a profitable trade item – what was it? How long did they stay? What, if any, sign did they see of the Lone Woman or her child? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:32AM PST (-0800 GMT)
** DIG 7 – What did the sailors report having seen on the island that brought back interest in discovering what happened to the Lone Woman? What was this mysterious image they saw doing? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:32AM PST (-0800 GMT)
** DIG 8 Use this button to find out who finally saw a sign that she was alive, and when. Tell us the Captain’s name and the date he sailed out to the island. What did he first see that told him she must be alive?

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:32AM PST (-0800 GMT)
** DIG 9 – What sign of her handiwork did they discover near the shore? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:32AM PST (-0800 GMT)
**DIG 10 – What sign of her building skills did they find inland? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:33AM PST (-0800 GMT)
** DIG 11 – When they finally found her, what was she wearing and how did she greet them? button did she go with them willingly? Or did she try to run away and hide?

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:33AM PST (-0800 GMT)
** DIG 12 – Once aboard the rescue vessel, she communicated through sign language about her life? Where had she made her homes? What animals had she tamed? Had she been alone for the entire 18 years? button

Island Explorers Team: . . . . Tue, Sep 17, 7:33AM PST (-0800 GMT)
Now POST YOUR OWN REPORT about the Lone Woman and rush to get it in print so you can scoop the Sacramento Reporter !

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