The Lightning Thief Book Club Focused on Theme

The Lightning Thief Book Club Focused on Theme

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.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 9 book club meetings focused on Theme
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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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.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 9 book club meetings focused on Theme
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.
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Standard Alignment
Book Title:
The Lightning Thief
Book Author:
Rick Riordan
Grade Level:
6
Genre(s):
Fantasy
F&P Guided Reading Level:
W
DRA Level:
60
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Adventure
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TEKS
Common Core Alignment: RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.7, RL.6.9, RL.6.10, W.6.8, W.6.9, SL.6.1a, SL.6.1b, SL.6.1c, L.6.6, L.6.4a, L.6.5
Vocabulary Connections: L.6.6, L.6.4a, L.6.5
TEKS Alignment: 6.3A, 6.3B, 6.3C, 6.4, 6.6A, 6.6B, 6.6C, 6.8, 6.9, 6.26A, 6.27, 6.28
Vocabulary Connections: 6.2B, 6.2A, 6.2C
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