The Cay

Support your instruction of The Cay by Theodore Taylor with this extensive unit of materials. Provided here are prereading activities, worksheets and discussion questions for the entire book, and reading quizzes that you can use to check for understanding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Hand out the materials as you go through each chapter or make a packet of the student pages, leaving out the quizzes and first page of the packet
  • Make a class copy for all of your classes to use and have learners record their notes and responses in a journal; this way, they will have plenty of space to respond to all types of questions
Classroom Considerations

  • Quite a few of the questions just say to discuss; you may need to provide additional support for learners by setting up a small group discussion protocol or allowing students to take some time to write before discussing the text
  • Some of the materials mentioned in the list of prereading activities are not included and will need to be found elsewhere
Pros

  • Includes three short-answer quizzes and a mid-text exam (multiple choice and short answer)
  • Provides discussion questions and other tasks for every chapter in the novel
  • Covers quite a few important reading skills, such as comparing and contrasting, determining main ideas and details, making inferences, and making predictions
Cons

  • A recurring image in the resource doesn't work and there is a typo on the first page
  • While reading quizzes are included throughout the resource, there is no final assessment and very little closure provided