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The Cay Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers wil be able to guide their students through Theodore Taylor's award-winning novel for young adults, The Cay. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers instruction for conveying the novel's primary themes, including friendship and transformation. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In The Cay, how was the fort different on this visit than before? There were real soldiers with rifles and machine guns–not like a storybook at all. Everyone was tense. Men chased the boys away.
- What was different at the Queen Emma pontoon bridge? Ferryboats and schooners were tied up and empty. Black men were not laughing or shouting as they usually did.
- What was Phillip’s reaction to his mother’s telling him they were leaving the island to go home to Norfolk? “Suddenly I felt hollow inside. Then I became angry and accused her of being a coward. She told me to go off to school. I said I hated her.”
- Phillip didn’t want to leave Curacao and thought about hiding. Why didn’t he hide? The island was so small that there was really nowhere to hide, and he knew it would cause his father trouble.
- Describe the man Phillip saw in The Cay when he came to after being hit in the head going into the water. “I saw a huge, very old Negro sitting on the raft near me. He was ugly. His nose was flat and his face was broad; his head was a mass of wiry gray hair.”
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