The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a great novel and way fun to teach. I taught this book to both my regular education and lower resource students. You have a variety of options when teaching this unit. You can either purchase one book and read it to the students or purchase a classroom set, so that all students are following along. When I taught the book, I also used the cds. My lower kids appreciated not having to read in front of others and if a difficult word came up, they knew how to say it. This unit includes a fun group competition where students compete during the duration of the class. The competition focuses on making sure students are completing assignments, being on time, and participating. The activities and worksheets that I've set up are for every two chapters. I've included examples as well, which you can display to the students. I also brought in some pictures and information on the Winter Solstice in order to help students get a better feel for the book and its mythology. If students are unfamiliar with the Greek gods/goddesses, I've included a packet with information on them and a fun mythology jeopardy ppt game. The gods/goddesses should be taught to students before the actual unit. The strategies and activities used here are created to really help students learn how to apply their knowledge elsewhere. A group debate at the end is the final assessment.
The Lightning Thief
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