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Activity Overview


The setting of The Cay plays an essential part in the novel. Students studying this book may benefit from the use of storyboards in identifying the different aspects of setting and their effect on the plot and characters. Remind students that setting includes the location, the time period, and the weather of a story. Then, ask them to create a three-cell storyboard depicting these three components of setting in the novel. Beneath each depiction, students should describe the image and explain the way that aspect of the setting contributes to the plot or character development in the novel.

Example The Cay Setting Exploration

Time Period

The time period of the novel is important since it occurs during World War II. Once the Dutch were attacked by Germany in 1940, their territories (including Curaçao) were in danger of attack. It is because of German attacks on the oil refineries and tankers that Phillip ends up stranded on the cay.


Geographical Location

The Cay is set in the Caribbean. This area of the world is full of many little islands. Because of this, Phillip and Timothy are able to find an island to survive on after the S.S. Hato sinks.


Weather and Time of Year

The weather in the Caribbean is tropical. At first, this makes it easier for Phillip and Timothy to survive. They do not need much warm clothing and find plenty of seafood and coconuts to eat. But the climate of the Caribbean also brings a danger of hurricanes. A massive hurricane kills Timothy and puts Phillip in grave danger.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Setting Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that illustrates important settings in The Cay.


  1. Use the template your teacher provided.
  2. Describe each of the three components of setting - Time Period, Location, and Weather.
  3. Describe each setting and how it influences the plot or character development.
  4. Illustrate each setting in the cell with scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Setting Map Rubric #1
Evaluate your setting map using the criteria stated in the rubric below.
Proficient
20 Points
Emerging
15 Points
Beginning
10 Points
Setting Description
The student effectively describes the setting by identifying the place, time, and atmosphere.
The student describes two elements of the setting.
The student describes only one aspect of the setting.
Role of Setting
The student effectively identifies how the setting contributes to the development of plot, characters, mood, and theme.
The student is able to identify how the setting contributes to the development of two aspects of the novel: plot, characters, mood, or theme.
The student is able to identify how the setting contributes to the development of one aspect of the novel: plot, characters, mood, or theme.
Shifts in Setting
The student identifies how the setting shifts and the effect this change has on plot, character, mood and theme development.
The student is able to identify how the setting shifts, and the effect this shift has on two aspects of the development of the novel (plot, character, mood, or theme).
The student is able to identify how the setting shifts, and the effect this shift has on one aspect of the development of the novel (plot, character, mood, or theme).
Appearance
Final product contains accurate visual depictions of setting and characters.
Final product demonstrates an effort to accurately portray settings and characters though some aspects are confusing and/or inaccurate.
Final product contains irrelevant images.
Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation
Final product is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
Final product contains up to three errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar that do not alter the meaning of the text.
Final product contains more than three errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar.




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