Set during World War II, The Cay tells the story of Phillip, an American from Virginia. While trying to return home from Curacao, Phillip’s ship is torpedoed by a German submarine. Phillip and Timothy find their way to a raft. After floating on the ocean for several days, they land on an island. Timothy says they are in the Devil’s Mouth. This is a group of islands surrounded by a series of coral reefs. [This doesn’t sound very promising for a rescue.] Phillip must overcome both mental and physical obstacles to survive. Your students will love this wonderful book by Theodore Taylor.
Activity #1 ~ Story Elements PowerPoint
This 97 slide PowerPoint goes over definitions (including examples) student need to understand to complete the Story Map. The PowerPoint using examples from books students in our school have read. The PowerPoint also has familiar characters such as Batman and Ebeneezer Scrooge. Since the Powerpoint is not locked, you can easily adapt it to fit novels your class has studied.
I like to begin my grammar unit with students identifying prepositional phrases. When students can isolate the prepositional phrases, it is easier to break down the rest of the sentence for study. This 23 slide PowerPoint includes six sentences related to The Cay. The artwork in this presentation was created by students. This makes a quick fun activity for students.
Timothy showed Phillip how to weave mats. We tried our hand at weaving. A simple loom was created from a disposable plastic plate. Students used yarn to create pot holders. This simple project showed students what Phillip must be experiencing. See additional photos.