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Read ‘How Zeus became King of the Gods. You may want to read this out loud, take it in turns to read with an adult or read independently. 


Answer the comprehension questions in an exercise book or on some paper.


  1. Look at the paragraph beginning ‘Rhea looked at her son’ Find and copy a word that means free.
  2. Why did Cronus feel as though he needed to imprison his children?
  3. Why did Zeus become king of the gods instead of Poseidon or Hades?
  4. Argue that Zeus was right to start a war against the Titans
  5. Explain how the story might have changed had Rhea chosen to stay with Cronus.


Prediction Activity

1.)Look at the front cover of this book ‘The Whispering Skull’ by Johnathan Stroud.

  • Why do you think the illustrator has designed the front cover like this?
  • What do you think will happen in this book?
  • Who do you think the man is wearing the coat?
2. Listen to a short extract read out loud by me

2-Tuesday audioclip.mp3

We find out in Chapter One Lockwood sees a ghost. 

  • Can you think of adjectives to describe the eerie and spooky atmosphere? Write them down.
  • How would you feel if you saw a ghost? Think about all of your 5 senses.

    e.g My mouth would be dry but my hands and feet would probably be sweating profusely from the sheer terror. I think my      would legs would be weak and although I would want to run away I would not be able to because my hold body is as still as statue.


Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

Watch Stephen Fry read an extract from the book


  1. Think about the following:


What do you notice about this style of writing?

What impression do you have of Percy so far?

What do you think about this as an opening for a book?


        2. Complete the following activity:

Extract 1

Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this now because you think you might be one, my advice is: stop listening right now.

Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.

Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.

If you’re a normal kid, reading this because you think it’s fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened.

But if you recognize yourself in these pages – if you feel something stirring inside – stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they’ll come for you.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

My name is Percy Jackson. I’m twelve years old. Until a few months ago, I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy, a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York.

Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that.



     1. How would you explain the writer’s style of writing?

     2. Do you think that this style is an engaging opening for a book?

     3. Find an example of the following techniques that the writer uses to engage his readers:




Directly talking to the reader


Advice for the reader


Example of humour


Rhetorical question



1.Watch Stephen Fry read extract 2


2.Now read the extract


Extract 2

Mrs Dodds lunged at me.

With a yelp, I dodged and felt talons slash the air next to my ear. I snatched the ballpoint pen out of the air, but when it hit my hand, it wasn’t a pen any more. It was a sword – Mr Brunner’s bronze sword, which he always used on tournament day.

Mrs Dodds spun towards me with a murderous look in her eyes.

My knees were jelly. My hands were shaking so bad I almost dropped the sword.

She snarled, ‘Die, honey!’

And she flew straight at me. Absolute terror ran through my body. I did the only thing that came naturally: I swung the sword. The metal blade hit her shoulder and passed clean through her body as if she were made of water.

Hisss! Mrs Dodds was a sand castle in a power fan. She exploded into yellow powder, vaporized on the spot, leaving nothing but the smell of sulphur and a dying screech and a chill of evil in the air, as if those two glowing red eyes were still watching me.

I was alone.

There was a ballpoint pen in my hand. Mr Brunner wasn’t there. Nobody was there but me.


3.Can you summarise what is happening in the text. Try to write eight different phrases or clauses to summarise the plot

Here are a few examples to start you off:

  • Dodds lunges
  • watch the talons
  • is my ear ok?


4.Read both extracts again and think about whether you now have a different opinion or impression of Percy in the second extract.

        Write a paragraph reflecting on some of these questions:

  • As a reader, are you satisfied? 
  • Are you happy these events happened?
  • Did Mrs Dodds deserve this?




1. Read the different speech bubbles


2. Answer the comprehension questions on a piece of paper you do not need to print this.


3.Mark your answers