The Lightning Thief book tells the story of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson. On the first day of summer, Percy learns that he is half-human, half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York. At camp, Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, the god of the Sea.
When Zeus’s master bolt is stolen, Poseidon is blamed. Zeus tells Poseidon that he will declare war if the bolt is not returned to Mount Olympus by the summer solstice.
Percy sets out to retrieve the bolt from Hades. The reader follows Percy on this quest which takes him across the United States and back again.
FREE Teaching Ideas for The Lightning Thief Book
Activity #1 Mapping Percy’s Journey
Have students map Percy’s travels across America as they read the story.
Activity #2 Video
This video introduces the Olympian gods.
Activity #3 – Four Teaching resources on the web for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
This website has several pictures from the story that you can either color online or print. These would make great report covers.
Storyboard That has an entire section devoted to The Lightning Thief. Below is a picture of the “Character Traits” map. You will also find:
|The Book vs. The Movie||As students read the chapters set in Camp Half-Blood, they can use the details from the chapters to draw maps of the camp.|
If you would like to try out the book unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1
- Comprehension Questions for Chapter 1
- Constructed Response Question for Chapter 1
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructed response writing, and skill practice are all included. Printable and digital versions are available.