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: open-ended questions, multiple choice questions, writing prompts, etc. These activities are designed to check for understanding, reading comprehension, vocabulary, science concepts, literary usage, develop meaningful writings, etc.
Please view an example of an activity at the end of Chapter 2 below:
Chapter 2 "Nightmare Come True"
1. The author used the words “sympathetic” and “empathetic”. First what are the root words of these words, and second what is the difference in these words?
2. In what class did Deven tell Kathy he made an "A"? Why was Deven upset at the dinner table?
3. Who is Naomi?
A. Deven’s teacher
B. Deven’s neighbor
C. Deven’s mother
D. Jordy’s mother
4. During Deven's nightmare, at what point could he tell that he was not dreaming?
5. How much time did Mecar give Kathy to get the job done and what did Kathy say she would include as a gift to Mecar?
6. Describe a conflict in this chapter.
7. Create a different ending for the chapter using 4-5 sentences.
This action pack novel offers something to read of "interest" and the curriculum definitely addresses important skills that can give students ample practice with low to moderate monitoring by a teacher. 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 two and compare to the text to the sample questions above. You will quickly see the value of this package and it's potential to garner attention and involve students in this age range.
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!