"I am offered a quest" : Percy Jackson and the Olympians as a tough, accessible text and a way to reach reluctant readers

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dc.contributor.advisor Benko, Susanna L.
dc.contributor.author Lauve, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-04T13:03:09Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-04T13:03:09Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05
dc.identifier.other A-381
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200921
dc.description.abstract Greek mythology and civilization have not stayed confined to just the Mediterranean. As the mythology made its way to the Roman Empire, and as western civilization developed, allusions to mythology have become common in classical works such as Shakespeare's plays to the very names of our planets; even the architecture of Washington, D.C. reflects Greek civilization. Greek mythology has even become steeped in popular literature, as is the case for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a middle-grade series written by Rick Riordan that explores what it would be like if the Greek gods themselves moved to western civilization and continued to have demigod children. The series has achieved great commercial success, but is often praised for its seemingly magical ability to turn reluctant readers into avid readers. In this paper, I examine what sets reluctant readers apart from readers who struggle, the idea of text accessibility, and what makes Riordan's series more accessible than the original Greek myths. This paper also explores how the series exists as a "tough text" by Cindy O'Donnell-Allen's criteria for the term and presents multiple strategies that could be used in teaching Percy Jackson and the Olympians alongside The Odyssey. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh English.
dc.title "I am offered a quest" : Percy Jackson and the Olympians as a tough, accessible text and a way to reach reluctant readers en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B.?) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/uhtbin/catkey/1852213

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