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Students will develop and apply literary skills while reading informational texts that build background knowledge about Ancient Greece. The Common Core aligned questions will see students engage in text dependent analysis. Moreover, the close readings correspond with the contents of the Percy Jackson narrative, which will allow you to supplement your instruction of the novel. If you're looking for a comprehensive unit and suite of materials for Percy Jackson including this product, check out Percy Jackson Lightning Thief Unit: 30 days of Instructional Materials.
This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the student pages in Google Slides™. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive™ or via Google Classroom™. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. (NOTE: Not all assignments are conducive to digital completion; however the pages are still provided in the digital format.) All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:
Nonfiction Close Reading Lessons: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief is filled with references to Ancient Greek mythology and history. The close reading lessons expand on those references and students’ background knowledge of the subject. Each close reading assignment includes questions that require students to develop and apply literary skills necessary to understand informational texts. Each lesson focuses on several Common Core State Standards. After practicing these skills over the course of the unit, you can be confident that students will end the novel study having mastered numerous skills.
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every lesson. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer! Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking and use textual evidence to support their stance. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allows for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class or for homework. Regardless, every question is aligned to a relevant Common Core State Standard.
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