My name is Arthur Grant. I am a former educator and the author of the action adventure teen novel, "Deven: The Seventh Star" (Page Publishing, NYC). The E-Book and hard copy is available now in all major outlets (Amazon, BarnesNobles, Google Play, etc.)
"Deven: The Seventh Star" has a multi-culturally diverse cast and was originally created to address the reading achievement gap and lack of reading interest in male students between the ages of 11-15 years of age, compared to female students. A secondary emphasis was to address the gap between minority male students (hence the main character being African-American) and caucasian male students. I wanted to give young minority male students (especially those living in low socio-economic areas) a character similar to themselves being portrayed as "heroic", something that's seldom done in this particular genre.
But since it's conception, the nonstop action story line has taken on a life of it's own! It attracts all students regardless of economic status, ethnicity, or gender! It also addresses academic objectives in science (biology), technology, writing, and English Language Arts.
Along with the novel, I developed a curriculum as additional material. The curriculum consists of end-of-chapter activities and quizzes that include Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards that are addressed in the the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam.
Please view an example of an activity at the end of Chapter 4 below:
1. Why did Deven write “I love you, too” in the letter he left on his pillow? (6.6:A, 6.6:B)
2. The author describes Jordy’s tone toward the flight clerk as “royal”. Why do you think Jordy is speaking this way? (6.8:A, 7.8:A)
3. Describe different internal conflicts that each friend may be experiencing. (7.6:B-C, 8.6:A-C)
4. Think about a foreign city and country you would like to travel to. What is the typical climate, the “currency” that is used, and what language do the natives speak? Put this information in a paragraph that would be used to persuade others to travel with you. (6.18:A, 7.18:A, 8.18:A)
This action pack novel offers something to read of "interest" and the curriculum definitely addresses important skills that can give students ample practice. I have even introduced it to some teachers as a "do now" or enrichment activity that can be modified by teachers to align with skills being taught in their current lesson plans.
A sample of the first four chapters of the novel are available on Google Play. Please read chapter 4 and compare to the text to the sample questions above.
As stated previously, the novel is available on all major outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, etc.) but the curriculum is only available here on TpT! Most importantly it's totally FREE!