Who's Percy's Daddy? - Greek gods and The Lightning Thief
1 Name that Greek god
After reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, find videos that provide brief background information on the Greek gods and goddesses or retell one or two Greek myths.
Begin reading The Lightning Thief. Watch videos and begin thinking about which god or goddess you would like to research for your project.
2 Which god is this?
Students will continue reading The Lightning Thief and will use MindMeister to take notes over each Greek god or goddess as they learn about them from the text.
Read the text and take notes over the Greek gods and goddesses.
3 Making your Video
Help students conduct research for their videos and teach them how to create a WeVideo.
Continue reading the novel. Begin researching the Greek god or goddess you've selected for your video.
4 Piecing It All Together
Assist students in the writing process to revise and edit their scripts.
Finish reading the novel, and use GoogleDocs to write a script for your presentation over your Greek god or goddess. Make sure you share your document with your partner so you can collaborate with one another on the script. Once your script is finished, add images and dialogue to your WeVideo.
5 Time to publish
Help students publish their WeVideos. Ask students to turn in the link for their published videos on GoogleClassroom. Watch each video in class and discuss what students have learned from each other's videos.
Polish and publish your WeVideo.
Key Standards Supported
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
(Not applicable to literature)
Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.