Lesson Plan

Who's Percy's Daddy? - Greek gods and The Lightning Thief

Research & Create Video on Greek Gods
Tara H.
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Gretna Middle School
Gretna, NE
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Students will connect their learning about the Greek gods to their study of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief.

Students will use a variety of sources to access information.

Students will summarize their research in a succinct video.

Students will describe a myth involving one or more Greek god or goddess.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 - 8
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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.

Student Instructions

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?

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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.  

Student Instructions

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.

Student Instructions

Continue reading the novel.  Begin researching the Greek god or goddess you've selected for your video.

4 Piecing It All Together

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Assist students in the writing process to revise and edit their scripts.

Student Instructions

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

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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.

Student Instructions

Polish and publish your WeVideo.