Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

Last updated Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Author: Rick Riordan
Illustrator: John Rocco
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 1423183649
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2015

Synopsis: A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."

Note to readers:
•  There are some violent events that take place in this book.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever seen the Percy Jackson movies?
•  Do you know any of the Greek Gods?
•  Matronly-like or suitable for an older married woman
•  Constellations-a group of stars that forms a particular shape in the sky and has been given a name
•  Primordial-existing from the beginning of time
•  Scythe-tool with a curved blade and long handle
•  Sumptuous-very expensive, rich, or impressive
•  Lumbered-to move in a slow or awkward way
•  Gratitude-a feeling of appreciation or thanks
•  Prophecy-a statement that something will happen in the future
•  Schmucks-a stupid or foolish person
•  Cowered-to move back or bend your body down because you are afraid
•  Pummeled-to repeatedly hit or punch
•  Claustrophobic-not having enough space for people to feel comfortable
•  Ambrosia-food or drink of the Greek gods

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Who is the first God?
•  Who is Gaea?
•  How many more God's come along?
•  What is Gaea's marriage to Ouranos (Uranus) like?
•  What does Gaea talk her children into doing?
•  Who becomes the new ruler of the universe?
•  Who did Kronos make Gods of the four corners of the earth?
•  What did the six sisters become Titans of?
•  Who did Kronos marry?
•  What does Kronos do to his and Rhea's babies?
•  What happens to Rhea's 6th baby?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Greek inspired head wreath. Cut out a strip of construction paper long enough to fit around the kids head. Cut out leaves from different colored construction paper and glue them to the strip of construction paper. Then use tape or a stapler to attach the ends of the paper so that the kids can wear them.
•  Have kids make up and draw their own Greek God or Goddess. Have them choose a name and write down what kinds of powers they have underneath the picture.
•  Make a Mother's Day card.

Special activities:
•  Complete the Greek Gods word search.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!