Cay, The - Study Guide

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Click here for a sample section of The Cay Study Guide!      Check out the E-Guide version, available immediately!      Get the book The Cay HERE

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

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, 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!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s 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 student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!

  CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher!


  • 5
    Great product, fast delivery

    Posted by tiffany v. on 25th Feb 2015

    Great product, fast delivery