Project Ideas for the Percy Jackson series
If your school has done writing or art projects based on the Percy
Jackson series, send me samples! I’d love to post them on the site.
Shadow puppet project. A great idea for teaching Greek mythology!
Origami-style Cabin Letters. A simple, fun idea from O Henry Middle School.
Percy Jackson word problems.
Dioramas. A great way to make a scene come to life, from Woodstone Elementary.
Percy Posters. A beautiful but easy art project from Northern Hills Elementary.
Olympian “Cribs.” Students at Janis Dismus Middle School in NJ created the cabins at Camp Half-Blood.
Projects from Gatesville.
Gatesville Intermediate created WANTED posters for mythological
characters, made their own Camp Half-Blood gear, and transformed their
classrooms into camp cabins.
Students at Valley Ranch Elementary held a Percy Jackson bookmark
competition prior to my visit. The students were given a blank template
and encouraged to make an original design with favorite scenes,
characters or images from the series. The top three bookmarks were
reproduced, laminated, signed by me, and distributed throughout the
Camp Half-Blood Dining Hall. Students at Drauden Point MS in Illinois turned their library into the camp dining hall.
School Myths. At North Country School in Lake
Placid, NY, students wrote original 1-2 page myths to explain things at
their campus. For instance, “How the Pavilion Came to Be” explained how
the school’s commons area was created as a result of a quarrel between
Apollo and Zeus. Another example: “Why The Headmaster’s Office Has No
Mirror,” in which we discover the headmaster is the demigod son of Ares.
Create your own Demigod. This idea is from a
student, Lauren. She used my character profile idea to create her own
demigod. Her example is below. An easy and fun creative writing idea for
Human Father: John
Hair: wavy blond
Eye color: pond-water-green
Special gift: small watch made of jade stone- turns into rock-hard shield
Jade is a rebel. Even though she is the daughter of Aphrodite, she
could care less for looks. She came to Camp Half-blood one summer before
Percy did, and was claimed by Aphrodite. Jade is often annoyed by her
siblings, so she spends as much time as possible away from them, in the
Character Letters: The students in Aldine ISD wrote
letters from one character in the book to another. For instance,
Clarisse wrote her dad Ares, telling him to stop being a bully. Percy
wrote a letter to his mom, promising to save her. Grover wrote a letter
to Chiron, explaining why he should get his seeker’s license to find
English-Social Studies Combined Unit. Students at
Stilwell Junior High School in West Des Moines participated in an
interdisciplinary project on Greek mythology. While studying Ancient
Greece in social studies, the students did ‘create-a-character’ projects
which they presented to their peers, taking their audience back to
Ancient Greek times. At the same time, English classes extended the unit
by reading The Lightning Thief.