Cay, The - Study Guide

Progeny Press

1 review Write a Review

Grade Range: 5-8

Setting: Caribbean, WWII

Genre: World Literature

Page Count: 66 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 10 weeks

Bulk Pricing:
Buy in bulk and save
6 people looking at this.


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.

Progeny Press English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Uncover the life of Theodore Taylor and how their experiences influenced their writing.
Background information: Examine the historical context of World War II and the complex historical nature of race relations.
Vocabulary: Study and learn words through activities designed to boost retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Cover a range of literary techniques, including in-context analysis, dictionary exploration, simile, point of view, characterization, metaphor, dialect, symbolism, foreshadowing, anthropomorphism, and more.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Dig into moral lessons, addressing authority, fear, the importance of inner character, the essence of a Good Samaritan, luck, work, wisdom, comfort, humility, death, sacrifice, love, despair, and the pervasive issue of racism.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from additional activities to enhance your ELA study, from writing and mapping to exploring timelines, creating art, discussing biographies, debating, exploring the Coast Guard, understanding blindness, delving into science, learning about hurricanes, crafting poems, delivering eulogies, and exploring themes related to Martin Luther King, Jr., public speaking, and handicaps.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your library with a reading list featuring more works by Theodore Taylor and other titles that align with or echo the themes of, The Cay.

All of Progeny Press' language arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner 1970   •   ALA notable book, New York Times Best Book of the Year   •   Lewis Carroll Shelf Award 1970   •   School Library Journal Best Book of the Year   •   A Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book   •   Publishers Weekly Children’s Book to Remember   •   California Young Reader Award Winner
1969   •   Kansas William White Award Winner 1971   •   ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings selection 2006   •   1970 Commonwealth Club (of California) Award

Extra Information

Progeny Press

    1 Reviews

  • Posted by tiffany v. on 25th Feb 2015


    Great product, fast delivery

    Great product, fast delivery