join our pilot program and Enhance your courses with A Book from The Mentoris Project series

Are you a high school American history teacher? Are you looking for new reading material that helps highlight the real people behind the facts that students read in textbooks? We invite you to be a part of a pilot program created by The Mentoris Project, a series of novels and biographies about the lives of great Italians and Italian-Americans. It is our intention to inspire the reader in a very tangible way, to allow these many men and women who contributed to politics, medicine, business and the sciences, to become their new mentors.  To help you plan for your courses, we have prepared a Sample Lesson Plan for one of our novels and hope you will be interested in piloting this in your courses. 

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America’s Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei, tells the story of the Italian-American patriot who owned the plantation next door to Thomas Jefferson – but chose not to own slaves.  Rather, he worked at establishing a vineyard with the help of other Italian immigrants.  Alongside Jefferson, Mazzei wrote articles in support of the Revolution and is now credited with coining the phrase, “All Men are Created Equal,” which Jefferson found so inspiring he added it to the Declaration of Independence. As the Revolutionary War waged on, fellow founding fathers asked Mazzei to return to Europe to solicit funds, weapons and other support from the leading countries of Europe. He did this gladly, though it separated him from the beloved country he had adopted.

For the pilot program, we would provide eBook versions for each student for $5 per book (regular price = $14.99). If you would like to read the novel first, we can provide you a free eBook. If you would like to adopt it for your course, we also can arrange for the author to be a guest speaker in your class either in person (depending on your location) or via Skype.

At the end of the course, we would send you a short questionnaire to see how the students responded and how reading the novel enhanced their understanding of the complexities of the American Revolution and the way in which many new immigrants took part.

Please contact us if you are interested in taking part in this exciting project!