Eleven-year-old Phillip lives with his parents on an island off the coast of Venezuela in 1942, but when the Nazi's begin torpedoing ships nearby, Phillip's mother insists that he and she return to the United States. Their ship is torpedoed by a Nazi submarine long before they reach the U.S., however, and Phillip finds himself marooned on an island with an old, but strong, black deckhand named Timothy. But when Phillip goes blind from an injury, he slowly realizes how caring, wise, and resourceful Timothy really is, and the color of their skins is unimportant.
Through Theodore Taylor's classic story of friendship and survival, students will learn:
About the Author: Learn about Theodore Taylor.
Background information: WWII, race relations.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary, simile, point of view, simile, characterization, paradox, juxtaposition, metaphor, dialect, fact vs. opinion, symbolism, foreshadow, anthropomorphism, figurative language, dramatic structure, coming-of-age, dynamic vs. static, Christ figure, theme, conflict.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Authority, fear, God looks at our heart, Good Samaritan, luck, work, talents, wisdom, comfort, humility, death, sacrifice, love, despair, racism.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Writing, mapping, timeline, art, biographies, discussions, debate, Coast Guard, blindness, science, first aid, hurricanes, poem, eulogy, Martin Luther King, Jr., speech, handicaps.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Cay by Theodore Taylor.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
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