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Activity Overview

Foreshadowing is a literary device that hints at what is to come later in the story. Foreshadowing is often in the thoughts or dialogue of the characters, but can also be presented in the actions or events of the story. Have your students go on a scavenger hunt for instances of foreshadowing in The Lightning Thief.

This activity can be done while the students read (where they can make predictions of what they believe is being foreshadowed), or after they've read a section to identify the payoff. Using a spider map, students will create a cell for each instance and place a relevant quote in the description box. They'll then use the cell to illustrate what might happen with the foreshadowing.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Foreshadowing

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a spider map illustrating instances of foreshadowing in The Lightning Thief.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description box, identify a quote with foreshadowing.
  3. In each cell, illustrate what the quote is foreshadowing.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.

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