The Card People Volume 2 Identity Swap
“Who’s ready for another card game?” ‘Identity Swap’ is another trip into nanotechnology. Paul continues his voyage to continue his father’s work in a way. Paul has a change of appearance because of his father’s discovery and invention. In this story Paul works with a friend named Jack and another named Brinda. This part of the story had a lot of interesting tidbits of learning about technology, as on page 40 when comparing analog and digital. “Analog is like a brush and digital is like a comb.” This means that digital is more accurate. I really liked the creation of the manhole cover and how he saw himself when brought to life with nanodust.
This is a story of what happens when nanotechnology and nanodust covers other types of objects and Paul will see things in a new way. James Selzer has once again added a reader’s guide and a study guide at the end of the book for further classroom and small group discussion that could and will increase and improve the reader’s thinking skills. The questions that James Selzer developed will use the student’s skills are literal to application and even will use synthesis skills along with improving comprehension. This is a book that will in my opinion increase the students motivation to read and maybe even begin an interest in science and computers besides just playing games and/or listening to music.
James Selzer has another five star read and I cannot wait to read the end of this trilogy for ‘Identity Swap’ is the second in this series. James is a very inventive and creative writer. Students, parents, and teachers will enjoy these young middle school books.
Lesson Plan for ‘Identity Swap’
Grade: Upper elementary and middle school
Materials: Book ‘Identity Swap’ Study guide and discussion questions
Arts and crafts projects could be to make various dioramas from this book bringing the use of ‘nanodust’ on the various objects presented in the book. Glitter, glue, construction paper or other materials depending on what scenes are recreated, scissors, writing instruments.
Reading and Language Arts could be to answer the discussion questions for oral language development and to show written language (have students answer study guide questions in their own words when applicable). These questions should improve a student’s literal, application and synthesis learning and still increase the motivation to learn to read and reading to learn.