Reading is Fun!- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Topic Presentation

Reading is Fun!- Percy
Jackson and the Lightning
Topic Presentation for Class
LTEC 4100.031
Katie Ray - Feb. 7, 2011
The Plan
Simply, I want to teach and cover works
of literature in a way that makes reading
fun rather than hard work. A vehicle for
this will be the use of technology. In this
particular case, I want to use a book
called “Percy Jackson and the Lightning
Thief.” This is part of a bigger unit that will
also serve as part of an intro into Greek
mythology for 6th or 7th graders.
Lesson Examples
The book will be read both independently by the students
and as a group in class. While still reading the novel and
afterward, there will be discussions, comprehension
questions, and journaling.
The students will complete a powerpoint presentation on
the Greek gods as a group. The research for this will be
done on the Internet and to aid them there will be a
memorization activity beforehand.
A 1-2 page, typed essay will be due towards the end of
unit. The topic will fairly open to the student’s choice.
Essential and Unit Questions
What similarities make us all human?
-What knowledge about Greek
mythology can be applied to modern
-How did the belief in the Greek
pantheon impact the ancient Greek
culture and how is this similar to our own
TEKS- ELAR Grade 7- 110.19.
(1) Reading/Fluency. Students read grade-level text with
fluency and comprehension. Students are expected to
adjust fluency when reading aloud grade-level text
based on the reading purpose and the nature of the
(3) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Theme and
Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw
conclusions about theme and genre in different
cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and
provide evidence from the text to support their
understanding. Students are expected to:
(B) describe conventions in myths and epic tales (e.g.,
extended simile, the quest, the hero's tasks, circle
stories); and
TEKS, contd.
(C) analyze how place and time influence the theme or
message of a literary work.
(6) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction.
Students understand, make inferences and draw
conclusions about the structure and elements of
fiction and provide evidence from text to support their
understanding. Students are expected to:
(A) explain the influence of the setting on plot
(2) Foundations. The student uses data input skills
appropriate to the task. The student is expected to:
(B) demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in technique
and posture while building speed;
(C) use digital keyboarding standards for data input
such as one space after punctuation, the use of
em/en dashes, and smart quotation marks
(7) Solving problems. The student uses appropriate
computer-based productivity tools to create and
modify solutions to problems. The student is expected
(A) plan, create, and edit documents created with a
word processor using readable fonts, alignment,
page setup, tabs, and ruler settings;
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