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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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Nov 27, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: writing-mentor-text-set

Percy Jackson is a teenage boy who is about to be kicked out of boarding school. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Age/Grade Level: 9-12

Instructional Ideas:
This novel would be an effective tool to use for a lesson on Sentence Fluency and Word Choice because of the natural rhythm in the text. Students could engage in writing a single scene that may later become a part of a longer story. For the purpose of this lesson, students could create a short piece of writing in order to utilize excellent sentence fluency and interesting word choice, modeled after Riordan's writing style. Students will also carefully select appropriate words to make the reader feel as though they are a part of the scene. Students will engage in editing and revision to be sure their writing is suitable to be read aloud.

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