Day 1 Teaching
Read the opening of Chapter 4 of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Discuss examples of uncertainty, ability and obligation in the text. Share Grammar Presentation: Modal Verbs, revising how to use these.
Children work through sections A-C of Modal Verbs in pairs, identifying, inserting and using modal verbs in writing about the shared text.
Day 2 Teaching
Read/reread the pages from Chapter 4, where Percy first encounters the Minotaur. Discuss how vivid description helps us to imagine unfamiliar creatures. Share Grammar Presentation: Expanded Noun Phrases, linking to image building.
Using the Mythical Creatures Prompt provided, children choose a character and build expanded noun phrases to describe them. When they have a rich bank of phrases, children then write an impactful character description paragraph.
Day 3 Teaching
Explain that Chapter 5 introduces several characters. List them. Read the opening pages, asking children to listen to how the image of each character is built up. Share Grammar Presentation: Relative Clauses linking this to building images around nouns.
Children work through Relative Clauses A&B in pairs, identifying and punctuating given relative clauses, and then adding their own to given sentences.
Hard: Select details in Chapter 5; use to write a description including relative clauses.
Day 4 Teaching
Introduce the original Minotaur myth using the provided Character Cards and Introduction. Read p.53 of Ann Turnbull’s Greek Myths. Introduce the reading activity and explain how children should give their answers.
Children tackle a formal comprehension task, reading the next few pages from the shared text and answering questions which increase in difficulty. Children can discuss answers with a partner, write them down or do a combination of both.
Day 5 Teaching
Put today’s reading from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief into context. Today the children will read part of Chapter 6, discussing how description is used to create this world and a strong sense of its atmosphere. Talk through the Discussion Prompt.
In mixed-ability groups, children read the copied extract supporting each other and then discuss it, guided by the Discussion Prompt. They focus on different elements of world and atmosphere building.
Day 6 Teaching
Write ‘hypotheticals’ and ‘wishes’ on a flipchart, discussing their meanings. Give examples of both, linked to Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Share Grammar Presentation: Subjunctive Form for Wishes and Hypotheticals, linking this to the text.
Children work through sections A-C of Subjunctive Form for Wishes and Hypotheticals in pairs, identifying, inserting and using the subjunctive form in writing about the key text.
Day 7 Teaching
Read part of Chapter 6, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, where Percy learns about the cabins at the camp. Display The Cabins and model discussing and then writing both descriptively and predictively: Where would you stay? What would it be like?
Children use The Cabins resource to help them discuss the different ideas for which cabin would suit them best and what it would be like. They write individually, applying the agreed grammar focuses to predict and describe.