The Lightning Thief Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Lightning Thief' is a young adult fantasy novel by Rick Riordan about Percy Jackson, a teenaged descendant of a Greek god. This asset supports instructional plans for this novel.

The Lightning Thief

Imagine being caught in a Greek myth. In The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson, the protagonist, discovers his biological father is Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea. The book teaches students about Greek mythology through this coming of age story about identity and family. This unit plan outlines instruction for a study about The Lightning Thief.


Students will get the most out of reading this novel if they have a strong background in Greek mythology. The Greek Mythology Lesson Plan provides an overview of some of the major places, events, and gods they will encounter in their reading, including Poseidon and Medusa.

Students can cement their understanding of the Greek gods and each of their roles through the Greek Gods Activities & Games. This resource contains ideas for role playing activities, competitions, and art projects that help students remember the gods, their personality traits, and their powers.


While reading the novel, The Lightning Thief Discussion Questions will help students learn about the characters, settings, and plot points. Students will also be encouraged to make personal connections with the text. Additional questions are available in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Discussion Questions. This asset continues to review the plot of the novel, but also emphasizes the themes.

After reading the novel, The Lightning Thief Lesson Plan may be used to help students summarize the main points of the novel and further explore the characters.


Upon conclusion of this novel study, students may select questions from The Lightning Thief Comprehension Questions to prove their understanding of the characters, setting, and plot. This resource contains scaffolded questions to support a variety of students and may be adapted for oral, written, or collaborative assessments.

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