The Lightning Thief Resource Set

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief takes readers on an exciting, action-filled adventure while imparting life lessons. Mythology is expertly blended with modern middle-school culture in a fantasy filled with horrifying monsters and intimidating Greek gods. As Percy, Annabeth, and Grover face numerous challenges, they each learn life lessons. The intriguing storyline provides readers practice determining themes and analyzing their development, as well as an opportunity to summarize with key details.

Teach with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

This Book Club Super Pack includes Common Core aligned lesson plans and set of lesson plans to support small group reading instruction.

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 10 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Theme
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: RL.6.1 RL.6.10 RL.6.2 RL.6.3 RL.6.4 RL.6.5 RL.6.6 RL.6.7 RL.6.9 SL.6.1a SL.6.1b SL.6.1c SL.6.1d SL.6.2 SL.6.3 W.6.8 W.6.9
  • Vocabulary: L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
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    The Lightning Thief Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to The Lightning Thief Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introducing Theme

    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan pairs well with a Book Club focused on determining theme. Throughout this Book Club, students will explore how the author includes lessons, not only for the characters, but also for the reader.

    Meeting #2: Picking Up the Bread Crumbs of Clues

    Author Rick Riordan leaves a trail of clues in The Lightning Thief for the reader to use in helping to identify the theme. Student discussion focuses on how to find these clues while reading.

    Meeting #3: Finding Topics in a Text

    Identifying a topic that is presented in The Lightning Thief is one step towards determining the book's theme. In this Book Club meeting, students will look for broad ideas on which the story is built.

    Meeting #4: Understanding Symbolism in Literature

    The Lightning Thief contains symbols that careful readers will be able to use to help identify the book's theme. Students will create a T chart of symbols and meanings to use while reading independently.

    Meeting #5: Making Inferences to Determine Theme

    Making inferences is another step towards identifying the theme. Combining the student's background knowledge with the clues author Rick Riordan included in The Lightning Thief will allow students to make logical inferences related to the text.

    Meeting #6: Connecting Plot Development and Theme

    This The Lightning Thief Book Club examines how the development of the plot can help the reader determine the theme. Using a Plot Diagram, students will track the plot of the story.

    Meeting #7: Using Character Clues to Determine Theme

    Building on the last meeting, the students will discover how looking at Rick Riordan's characters' responses to conflict will help them identify the theme in The Lightning Thief. Many of the clues the author builds into the story are related to character words and actions.

    Meeting #8: Summarization

    Using a summary framework, students will practice summarizing what has happened so far in The Lightning Thief. When the reader is able to condense the text down to a few sentences, information about the theme surfaces.

    Meeting #9: Determining Theme

    Now that reading the text is complete, students are ready to discuss the lessons that have been learned by the characters in The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Adding the lessons learned by the characters to their background knowledge will help students determine the theme.

    Meeting #10: Reflection

    During this final reflection on The Lightning Thief Book Cub, students will answer questions and complete a final assessment.

    The Lightning Thief Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.

    The Lightning Thief Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of The Lightning Thief and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    The Lightning Thief Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Lightning Thief Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Lightning Thief. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    The Lightning Thief Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Lightning Thief, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The Lightning Thief Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6

    The Lightning Thief Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by The Lightning Thief Book Club Resource Set.

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