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Activity Overview


Many of the characters in The Lightning Thief are immortal and have been alive (or reincarnated) for thousands of years. Read about some of the characters in traditional mythology, then create a T-Chart that compares the traditional representation of the characters. In the description box below each picture, students will identify important symbols or attributes of the character and note the similarities and differences.

In the example, only two characters are represented. There are many characters to choose from:

  • Ares
  • Dionysus
  • Zeus
  • Poseidon
  • Hades
  • Furies
  • Charon
  • Echidna
  • Chimera
  • Medusa
  • Procrustes
  • Chiron

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a chart comparing the traditional representation of each mythological character with how they're portrayed in The Lightning Thief.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. In the left column, describe the characters as they appear in mythology.
  3. In the right column, describe the characters as they appear in The Lightning Thief.
  4. Illustrate each character.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/9] Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new

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