Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Live webcast through GLOW.

Tuesday 2nd November 2.00-2.45pm

Join author Rick Riordan – creator of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – as he brings the gods of Ancient Greece and Egypt explosively to life.

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The Lightning Thief is a 2005 fantasy adventure novel based on Greek mythology.  I have not read it nor seen the film but have gathered that the main character is a learner with dyslexia. The author Rick Riordan is an English teacher whose son has dyslexic difficulties.

Dyslexia Awareness Week: Dispelling Myths 3 + 4

Myth 3: Intelligence and ability to read are related. So if someone doesn’t read well, they can’t be very bright. Equally, very able children cannot be dyslexic.

Fact: Dyslexia is not related to intelligence. Many people with dyslexia are very able and accomplish amazing things as adults. Follow the link to read more about famous people who are learners with dyslexia.

Myth 4: People with dyslexia cannot read.

Fact: Most people with dyslexia can read — up to a point. But they will “hit the wall” in reading development at some point. It is not necessarily the decoding or recognition of unfamiliar words that causes the most difficulties once early skills are acquired, but reading rate.

It is spelling that separates learners with dyslexia from those who struggle with reading for some other reason.

If the child works hard at studying the spelling list using multisensory techniques, s/he may be able to learn the list long enough to do “okay” on Friday’s test. But, they have more problems retaining those spelling words from one week to the next and transferring them to free writing. The overload on memory and processing ability is often just too much for them to do everything at once.