A writing prompt and example response for students to engage in a thematic analysis of the novel The Cay by Theodore Taylor and make modern day connections. I get the BEST work samples from students from this activity because they really get into it! I find them asking their classmates about their responses without any prompting from me and it leads to a really cool classroom discussion. This can be used for homework, a process paper worked on over time, or a timed writing response.
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