Teaching The Lightning Thief – Chapter Analysis & Background

Teaching The Lightning Thief chapter by chapter? This novel really motivates kids to read! What’s more? Chapter analysis encourages kids to summarize, make inferences, and learn new vocabulary. Additionally, background information teaches them about Greek mythology.

Ms. Sneed Plans to Teach The Lightning Thief Chapter by Chapter

Our favorite fourth grade teacher clicked away on her laptop. “What are you looking for?” asked her teaching partner, Mr. Frank.

“See that set of novels on the shelf?” She pointed to 30 brand-new copies. “I’ve had those for two years, but I’ve never used them. So I’m looking for some great activities.”

Mr. Frank hunched over the laptop. “Click there. This set of resources has a free sample for The Lightning Thief Chapter 1.

When Ms. Sneed opened the preview, she knew she had a winner.

Background Information

“Look at this background information,” Mr. Frank commented. “These five pages teach kids about the Olympians, as well as their battle with Kronos.”

“That will tie into my myth unit perfectly,” Ms. Sneed responded.

The Lightning Thief Chapter Companions

Ms. Sneed flipped ahead. “I like these worksheets. Just one page for each chapter,” she said. “Each is arranged in four panes.”

These four-paned chapter companions provide background information on mythological characters. Then they ask kids to explain the title, answer a question, and define vocabulary.

References to Mythology in The Lightning Thief

As she studied the page, she continued, “The first section gives information about one character from Greek mythology.”

“That’s perfect!” Mr Frank exclaimed. “That way, they will understand the references.”

For The Lightning Thief chapter, these worksheets focus on one character from Greek mythology.


“In the second pane,” Ms. Sneed continued, “they explain each The Lightning Thief chapter title. For example, the first chapter is called ‘I Accidentally Vaporize My Algebra Teacher.’ When kids explain, they are actually summarizing the chapter.”

“Aha,” said her co-teacher. “That will tell you if they’ve read – and understood.”

Each The Lightning Thief chapter title provides the main idea. When kids explain, they summarize the chapter.

Making Inferences

“Then this box asks them to answer a question.” Ms. Sneed’s eyes were gleaming. “What great variety of activities for The Lightning Thief!”

For The Lightning Thief chapter, these worksheets ask kids to infer. In other words, what's going on - and what does it mean.


“And the final section has key vocabulary terms,” said Mr. Frank.

“For my kids, I think I’ll discuss these before they read. That way, they’ll understand the chapter better.”

“Additionally, I’d like to move our allusions to Greek mythology here. It makes sense to study them in conjunction with this novel.”

For each chapter of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, kids learn key vocabulary.

As Ms. Sneed added it to her mythology lesson plans, she grinned. “Teaching The Lightning Thief is going to be a a great addition to our genre study.”

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