Lightning Thief Plot Diagram

Updated: 5/25/2021
Lightning Thief Plot Diagram
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Plot Diagram and Narrative Arc

By Katherine Docimo and Natasha Lupiani

Narrative arcs and the prototypical “Plot Diagram” are essential for building literary comprehension and appreciation. Plot diagrams allow students to pick out major themes in the text, trace changes to major characters over the course of the narrative, and hone their analytic skills.
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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Lesson Plans by Becky Harvey and Anna Warfield

Percy spent his childhood being kicked from one school to the next, but now it is clear to the adults in his life that he needs to know the truth: he is the son of a god. Percy goes to a camp for demigods so he can learn about his divine heritage and how to defend himself against the dangers of the mythological world. Along with his friends, Annabeth and Grover, Percy has to save the world of humans. The ancient gods of Olympus are poised to wage war, and Percy might be the only person who can stop them. As the first book of the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief is sure to encourage students to read on and on.


The Lightning Thief

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Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief Summary / Plot Diagram

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • I think I'll turn you into a dolphin...
  • RISING ACTION
  • ...or you will go on a quest
  • Percy Jackson, a kid who always finds trouble in school, learns that his father is actually a Greek god, and he is a demi-god. He travels to Camp Half-Blood to seek refuge from the monsters that are always after him.
  • CLIMAX
  • I don't have the bolt. I don't even have my helm!
  • At Camp Half-Blood, he meets many other half-bloods, born of the Olympian gods. Percy trains with the other campers. He learns that someone has stolen Zeus' lightning bolt, and as the son of Poseidon, he is blamed for it!
  • FALLING ACTION
  • Percy begins a quest with Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and his satyr friend Grover, to recover the lost master bolt and prevent war between Zeus and Poseidon. Percy has only had a few days of training, but he has to save the world.
  • RESOLUTION
  • My master Kronos will destroy the gods!
  • The trio travel far and wide and battle many monsters. They reach the Underworld in Hollywood and confront Hades about the missing master bolt. Hades does not have it and accuses Percy of stealing his own helm of darkness!
  • The heroes escape Hades and discover Ares on the beach. Ares had stolen the helm of darkness and master bolt from the original thief. Percy wounds Ares and wins the helm of darkness. Percy and friends return the helm and bolt to their owners.
  • Luke confesses to Percy that he stole the master bolt and helm of darkness. Luke actually works for the titan Kronos, who is planning to start a war between the Olympian gods. The mystery of the "lightning thief" has been solved, but a greater threat remains.
  • You won't get away with this!