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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


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • Books and online resources about the Caribbean islands
  • Chart paper/board and markers

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Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.


Essay Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.


Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  • Caribbean Map

    This site includes great Caribbean Islands information and a map of all the islands.

  • Caribbean Islands Travel and Tourism Information

    At this site, you can learn about the Caribbean islands and browse the extensive Caribbean travel and tourism resources.

  • Theodore Taylor

    This author site provides a biography of Theodore Taylor, popular titles, film and stage information, and FAQ’s.

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  1. Test the Flip Book, Essay Map and RWT Printing Press student interactives and make sure that you have the appropriate software installed for them to run effectively.  You will need computers with internet access for each student to use these interactives.  If computer accessibility is a problem, print out paper copies of the Flip Book and Essay Map and make enough copies for each student. If you need additional help with these interactives, please visit our Technical Help page.
  2. Make enough copies of the Group project rubric, Island Study Research Notes, K-W-L Chart, and Map of the Islands of the Caribbean for each student.  Additionally, make transparencies of the Map of the Islands of the Caribbean and K-W-L Chart, which will be projected for the class to see.

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