The Lightning Thief Character Map

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The Lightning Thief Characters

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Learning about characters’ backgrounds and motivations can help students better understand why characters behave the way they do and make connections to other books they have read, or to their own lives. Characters are often what make the story, and Rick Riordan does an amazing job of staying true to the traditional mythological characters while updating them to fit our modern world.

As students read, they can keep a character reference log. A character map allows students to recall important information on characters. When reading a novel, little attributes often return to become an important plot details. Through the use of character mapping, students will catch this information and will be able to follow the fine points which make reading more enjoyable.

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For a quick way to incorporate character maps into the classroom, you can print out these storyboards as a worksheet for students to complete. Alternatively, assign different characters to different students or groups to go into greater detail. Students or groups can present their information to the rest of the class.


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Student Instructions

Create a character map of the important characters in The Lightning Thief. Be sure to include gods, humans, and demi gods!

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Make the third box "Parentage and Powers."
  3. Identify the main characters in the story.
  4. Select Storyboard That characters to represent each one.
  5. Identify important traits of each character.
  6. Identify the powers each character has and their parentage (if applicable).
  7. Save and submit your storyboard.
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