The Cay
Age 9-11: Concept 2 - Diversity and Interdependence: Unit 1

A boy and an old man become stranded on a deserted island. Will their differences pull them apart, or can they learn to work together in order to survive? Examine race relations in a unique context. In your writing, practice varying sentence lengths, sentence beginnings and the use of subject verb agreement.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies unit The Living Seas.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Story Context (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Curacao
  • Lesson 3: Overboard
  • Lesson 4: Land
  • Lesson 5: Stranded
  • Lesson 6: Work
  • Lesson 7: Different Cultures
  • Lesson 8: Fishing
  • Lesson 9: The Storm
  • Lesson 10: Survival
  • Final Project: For Timothy (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze and integrate information from one or more sources including graphs, charts, and maps to expand understanding of text. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze character's thoughts and actions. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze characters, events, and plots and cite supporting evidence. (Language Arts)
  • Combine short, related sentences with appositives, participial phrases, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases. (Language Arts)
  • Compose multiple paragraphs with topic sentences, specific and relevant details, and elaboration. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct research using a variety of sources. (Language Arts)
  • Consider the ways language and visuals bring characters to life, enhance plot development, and produce a response. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of literary work. (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts by categorizing ideas and organizing them into paragraphs. (Language Arts)
  • Draw inferences, such as conclusions or generalizations, and support them with text, evidence, and experience. (Language Arts)
  • Emphasize ideas in ways that help the listener or viewer to follow important concepts. (Language Arts)
  • Employ elaborate information and ideas in writing and speaking by using simple and compound sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Focus writing on elements, such as sentence patterns. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and analyze the plot of a fictional story. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and interpret authors' word choices. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and interpret elements of fiction and nonfiction and support by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use prepositions. (Language Arts)
  • Infer word meanings from roots, prefixes, and suffixes to assist comprehension. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with text by formulating questions after reading. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with text by locating relevant information. (Language Arts)
  • Listen actively to interpret the speaker's purpose or intent. (Language Arts)
  • Make oral presentations using personal writing. (Language Arts)
  • Make written presentations using visual aids. (Language Arts)
  • Proofread and correct most misspellings independently with reference to resources. (Language Arts)
  • Read a variety of text including nonfiction informational books (Language Arts)
  • Respond to fiction using critical, evaluative, and interpretive processes by examining reasons for characters' actions. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to literature considering situations and problems from different points of view. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to literature using interpretive and evaluative processes by identifying and examining characters' motives. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize major points from fiction to clarify ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use commas in a direct address. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct subject/verb agreement in speaking and writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use details, examples, anecdotes, or experiences to explain or clarify information. (Language Arts)
  • Use established criteria to edit for language conventions and format. (Language Arts)
  • Use knowledge of the situation and setting and of a character's traits and motivations to determine the causes for that character's actions. (Language Arts)
  • Use mapping and webbing to organize ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to solve problems and make decisions. (Language Arts)
  • Use planning strategies to generate topics and organize ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use prepositional phrases to elaborate written ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use volume, pitch, phrasing, pace, modulation, and gestures appropriately to enhance meaning. (Language Arts)
  • Use word identification strategies appropriately and automatically when encountering unknown words. (Language Arts)
  • Use written language to present information in a clear, concise manner. (Language Arts)
  • Classify organisms according to similarities and differences. (Science)
  • Recognize dangerous weather conditions and appropriate safety measures. (Science)
  • Analyze various issues and events of the 20th century. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the similarities and differences within and among selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize the impact of war on a nation. (Social Studies)
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