The Cay - Characterization Timeline

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Classroom in the Middle
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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This activity asks students to chart the changes that the character Phillip in the novel, The Cay, undergoes throughout the course of the story. A timeline with specific story points is provided, and students are asked to write and draw to illustrate the changes in his character as he changes from a young boy to a mature young man in the short time span of the story.

Included are one worksheet and an answer key.

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The Cay Novel Study

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Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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