Follow the link below and it will take you to the enotes.com page for Life of Pi. Not only does this page have links to the chapter summaries that will help you, but it also has quizzes and lesson plans that you can use to help with your efforts. This page also has links to take you through critical analysis of the story, as well as character analysis and themes that can help as another resource. Looking at different ways to teach a novel to struggling readers is a great way to tackle it from a different angle--bravo! If you feel like you need more insight, the second website is on the publisher's website. The author discusses inspiration and background for writing the book. Sometimes it can help to get to know the author a bit before or during a reading of one of their novels, too.