Rick Riordan
Lesson Plans for The Lightning Thief and other books.

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Biography and Background

Rick Riordan
The author's official site.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
This site supports the series as a whole. Click on "Olympians, Gods, and Monsters" for thumbnail sketches and background information.

The Lightning Thief

Discussion questions for The Lightning Thief
A list of 23 discussion questions.

A Hurricane Blowing In
Using Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief as a model, writers will find a rhythm in their writing by varying sentence lengths while creating a scene to draw in their readers. The writer will paint a picture with words in order to describe the scene so that it sounds as though it is a description of an event by a friend. Writers will carefully select appropriate words to make the reader feel as though they are a part of the scene. This lesson focuses on sentence fluency.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Discussion questions and author interview.

The Lightning Thief
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Students work with vocabulary, metaphors, foreshadowing, more. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

The Lightning Thief Discussion Guide
Summary and 15 literature circle questions (printable handout) and answers.

A Teacher's Guide to Percy Jackson
This page contains links to teacher guides for The Lightning Thief and other books in the series.

Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief
Students use the Visual Thesaurus (a subscription service with a "try" feature) to help them categorize words from the first chapter of The Lightning Thief —as a means to predict the novel's central topics and themes. Then, after reading the chapter, students analyze those same words in the context of the novel and conduct further research into the mythological references that run throughout the text. This lesson is designed for grades 3-8.

Vocabulary from The Lightning Thief : Chapters 1 — 10 and Chapters 11 — 20
On the "definitions" tab, find a definition, audio pronunication, synonym, and examples of the word in current use. On the "Notes & Examples" tab, find a definition and the word in context of the novel. On the "Words Only" tab, the list of all of the words in that section.

The Titan's Curse

The Titan’s Curse
Booktalk, discussion guide, and ideas for projects.

The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Summary, author information, discussion guide, and postreading activities.