Progeny Press Review


The Cay by Theodore Taylor, follows the story of Phillip Enrights, an 11 year old American boy living in Curacao with his parents during the start of WWII. When German subs begin torpedoing oil transport ships near the island, Phillip's mother decides she and Phillip will sail back to American to be safe. Their boat is torpedoes before it leaves the Caribbean, and the young boy is stranded on a raft with a black deckhand named Timothy. When Timothy goes blind from an injury suffered during the shipwreck, he must rely on Timothy, a man Phillip has been taught to distrust because of the color of his skin. The pair finds a small island to wait out their rescue and it is there that Phillip learns it's whats on the inside that counts.

I am currently reviewing The Cay study guide from Progeny Press. While we still have several weeks to go before  completing the study guide, we are thoroughly enjoying reviewing this product. 

The interactive study guide allows the student to answer multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and also includes underlining, cross-out text, and highlighting. This is one of my favorite things about the study guide. 

The guide we are reviewing is for grades 5-8 and includes a Table of Contents with the following sections:

  • Study Guide Author
  • Note to Instructor
  • Synopsis
  • About the Novel's Author
  • Background Information
  • Ideas for Prereading Activities
  • Chapters 1 & 2
  • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Chapters 5-7
  • Chapters 8-10
  • Chapters 11 & 12
  • Chapters 13 & 14
  • Chapters 15-17
  • Chapters 18 & 19
  • Overview
  • Essay and Project Suggestions
  • Additional Resources
  • Answer Key
The Progeny Press guides are designed to help students understand and enjoy the books that they are reading by getting them to notice and understand how the authors craft their stories. It teaches the student to think through the themes and ideas introduced in the stories and to take their time reading the book and to really think about what the author is trying to say. To properly work through  a Progeny Press guide, students are encouraged to have ready access to a dictionary, a thesaurus, a Bible, and sometimes a concordance. Internet research may be helpful at times as well as a good set of encyclopedias.

Most middle grades and high school study guides take from 8-10 weeks to complete. The guide suggests having the student completely read the novel the first week, while also working on a prereading activity. Starting the second week, the guide suggests working on one study guide page per day until the chapter sections are completed. Most study guides also include an Overview section that can be used as a final test, or it can be completed in the same way the chapter sections were completed. I am looking forward to using that section as a final test for my students.

Some of the Prereading Activities included in our guide include mapwork, writing a report, making a time line of WWII, and more. I was surprised at how in-depth this guide is. Progeny Press has really thought of everything, in my opinion. 

Study guides range in price, but The Cay is available for $18.99 for the booklet, $16.99 for the CD, $21.99 for the CD & booklet, and $16.99 for pdf email attachment.

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*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.