Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
In Meredith Engel’s “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur,” Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur about his mentoring of young heroes.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text about Chiron the Centaur after they finish Chapter 9, when Percy discusses his quest with Chiron. Ask students to consider Chiron’s role in Percy’s life up until this point in the book. How does Chiron’s identity in the human world compare to his identity at Camp Half-Breed? Using the information provided in “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur,” ask students to consider to what extent the Chiron in “The Lightning Thief” is based on Greek mythology. How does the information in “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur” influence students’ opinions about Chiron’s future in “The Lightning Thief”?