Express Yourself Lesson Seed 5

Building on the previous activity in this series of lesson seeds, this plan focuses on the use of dialect in Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. Class members examine specific lines of text, use their reading journals to respond to the reading, watch an excerpt of the film adaptation, and rewrite an interaction between Phillip and Timothy, changing the point of view and using dialect. While this is called a lesson seed, there is plenty of material for a full one-to-two-day lesson

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  • Provides students with an audio example of one interpretation of the dialect in The Cay
  • Combines reading, writing, speaking, and listening

  • Assumes that learners have an understanding of point of view
  • Pupils will benefit from more scaffolding for the writing assignment