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A "Cay"ribbean Island Study

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A "Cay"ribbean Island Study

Grades 4 – 7
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute lessons
Lesson Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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As a pre-reading visualization activity before reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor, groups choose a Caribbean island to study.  Groups do research on the island of their choosing and create a final product in the format of their choice.  Finally, groups present their research and final product to the rest of the class to share the information they learned through their island study.

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Flip Book Interactive: Students can use this interactive to create a flip book about the Caribbean island that their group chooses to research.


RWT Printing Press: This tool is used for students to create brochures and newspapers about the Caribbean islands.

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"...the language arts students shared their results and insights in class.  Once into the class reading, that shared knowledge helped students work through a difficult section of the novel by providing a common reference point" (25).

In this lesson, students do a pre-reading research activity to study the setting of the novel, The Cay-the Caribbean islands.  By studying the history, geography, and other factual information about the islands described in the novel, students are able to use visualization to internalize vital knowledge needed for understanding the setting of the novel.

Further Reading

Coggeshall, Kara and Jim Doherty.  "Technology That Powers Up Learning."  Voices from the Middle 11: 3, 23-29.

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