Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 4, 2005
Imagine yourself an English teacher, trying to get high school students to read Romeo & Juliet, Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Letter, or other ÂclassicsÂ that have been passed down from graduating class to graduating class since you were a student. How can you compete with movies, I-pods, adolescence, and the Internet?
The answer: The Loch Ness Monster, Doomsday Prophecies, and Giant Sharks.
In 1999, best-selling thriller author Steve Alten founded the Adopt-An-Author program, a non-profit designed to assist high school English, Reading, Language Arts and Science teachers get their students excited about reading. Although his novels were written for adults, the author found he had a large teen following, when he began receiving thousands of e-mail from middle and high school age students who hated to read until they read one of his novels.
ÂIn truth, I wasnÂt that surprised,Â says Alten, whose background is in secondary school education. ÂWhen I was a student, I loved reading thrillers, but hated the books assigned in class. What did surprise me is that many schools are using the same books we used thirty years ago.Â
Adopt-An-Author supplies teachers with free curriculum materials, test, quizzes, projects, and direct contact with the programÂs authors through e-mail interaction and calls into the classroom. AltenÂs MEG series, about a 70-foot, 60,000 pound prehistoric species of great white shark remains the most popular books in the program, but his most recent release, The LOCH, is gaining ground fast.
ÂAll of the novels are filled with science, history, and research which gives teachers different avenues to create projects. Students enjoy the books because they are fast-paced and very visual. The bottom line,Â says Alten, Âis that reading only becomes a habit when it becomes fun again.Â
Since its inception, over 5,000 teachers have registered for the program, based almost solely on word of mouth regarding its success. The program is free to secondary school teachers and librarians, who can register at http://www.AdoptAnAuthor.com