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Kids Won’t Even Know They’re Writing!

Brave Writer Online Movie Discussion Club

Take Learning to the Movies!

Parents ask me: “How do I get my reluctant writer to grow?”

I answer: “Join a Movie Discussion Club class! They won’t even feel like they’re writing.”

Why do we expect our kids to jump straight into academic writing?

Students of all ages need a chance to play with words and ideas before we expect them to put those thoughts into a ship-shape essay; to get the feel of the raw clay in their hands before they sit down to throw a fully formed pot.

Summer is a great time to flip the script!

Watch a movie, write about it in a conversation with other students, and BUILD academic writing skills naturally!

In our Discussion Clubs, students will:

  • Articulate a position (think thesis statements!)
  • Communicate their insights freely
  • Experience reader responses from peers and an instructor (without grades!)
  • Use concrete examples and evidence in support
  • Write their thoughts without worry about mechanics
  • Developtheir writing voices

Never fear the rainy day—or starting back in September with rusty writing skills. 

This summer we have TWO movie discussion clubs ready for your kids.

All about Animation (July 8 – Aug 2)

Up Seventy-eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Persepolis A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Fantastic Mr. Fox An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.

The Land before Time An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Marvelous Musicals (Aug 5 – Aug 30)

The Sound of Music A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Les Misérables In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

West Side Story Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but can love flourish in the midst of intense friction between the warring Jets and Sharks?

Dreamgirls A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Give your kids a chance to play this summer. Connect with a different audience, a new purpose, and a new conversation in our Movie Discussion Clubs

Brave Writer Movie Discussion Club

2019-2020 Arrows and Boomerangs

Brave Writer 2019-2020 Arrows and Boomerangs

The new Arrow and Boomerang book lists have dropped! What a party!

If you did not catch the big reveal live, you can watch the REPLAY here or on the Brave Writer Facebook page.

Why the big party?

The big reveal is exciting because these are:

  • Books your family will read aloud together and treasure all year.
  • Books that naturally teach writing mechanics and introduce literary elements.

Here at Brave Writer, we take the selection of these 20 book titles Very Seriously! All year, we read, discuss, and delight in the year’s latest fiction as well as relishing the classics. We:

  • aim for diversity of authorship and protagonists.
  • incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.
  • carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.
  • balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • launch the year with a sure-fire winner and end with a warmhearted one.

By the time we’ve settled on a book list, we’re chomping at the bit to share it with you!

This year’s Arrow list is all brand new, and the Boomerang list features only two re-boots. You can expect a lively, inspired reading journey!

About the Arrow and Boomerang

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and the Boomerang (8th-11th) are your specially crafted monthly guides to teaching literature and the mechanics of writing.

These programs include 10 month-long guides that feature:

  • exciting read aloud novels each month,
  • copywork and dictation,
  • literary elements,
  • Big Juicy Discussion/Think Piece questions,
  • and Book Club Party School ideas.

A year’s worth of curriculum (10 month-long guides) for one low price!
When you purchase, you will be invited to a Private Facebook Group for year-long members.

The Arrow and Boomerang are ON SALE
for $89.00 ($10.00 savings) during June only!

The Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang guides use living literature to bring writing mechanics to life.

A year of adventure, heart-break, humor, tenderness, history, and fantasy await you!

2019-2020 Titles


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Arrows

August: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
September: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
October: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
November: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
December: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
January: PIE by Sarah Weeks
February: Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
March: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
April: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan
May: The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter

Purchase the 2019-2020 Arrow Subscription

Boomerangs

August: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (reboot)
September: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
October: The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
November: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
December: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reboot)
January: A Separate Peace by John Knowles
February: Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
March: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
April: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
May: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Purchase the 2019-2020 Boomerang Subscription

2019-2020 Arrow & Boomerang Book Reveal: May 31

2019-20 Arrow Boomerang Book Reveal

It’s that time of year when our families get a little nutty enthusiastic. They’re excited for good reason! 

Each year at the end of May, I announce the new book titles for the coming academic year for our Arrow and Boomerang programs. These programs are designed to teach your kids the mechanics of writing through living literature!

The big reveal is exciting because these are:

  • Books your family will read aloud together and treasure all year. 
  • Books that naturally teach writing mechanics and introduce literary elements

Here at Brave Writer, we take the selection of these 20 book titles Very Seriously! All year, we read, discuss, and delight in the year’s latest fiction as well as relishing the classics.

We aim for diversity of authorship and protagonists.

We incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.

We carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.

  • We balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • We alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • We launch the year with a sure-fire winner and end with a warmhearted one.

By the time we’ve settled on a book list, we’re chomping at the bit to share it with you!

This year’s Arrow list is all brand new, and the Boomerang list features only two re-boots. You can expect a lively, inspired reading journey!

Come to the live reveal! It’s always a blast!

Be sure to have your kids tune in too—they love it!

Some families get together and throw a community party for the big book reveal. 

We’ve got new surprises in store for this year’s books and subscriptions to the Arrow and Boomerang too, which we’ll share on book reveal day.

So are you IN? I hope so!

This year we are hosting the webinar on Zoom (our live webinar platform). You don’t need to register to participate. Just click the link below on May 31.

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 11:30 am EDT
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/111145777

We’ll also simulcast on Facebook Live.

See you soon!

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Harry Potter *Updated* Arrow Guide

Updated Harry Potter Arrow

The world of Harry Potter is bursting with surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure! Delightful names like Quidditch and Diagon Alley abound. Peculiar characters (including one who deems explosion from school to be more dire than death) are the norm.


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A magical school for witches and wizards—with invitations delivered by owl, no less—provides the backdrop for the adventures of the first installment of the seven-book series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

You and your children can explore all of this and more in our

Updated and Expanded
 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ARROW Guide!

Along with all the usual elements of our Arrow guides (grammar, punctuation, spelling, literary element, and writing activity), the guide has been updated with nine Big Juicy Questions and Party School Book Club ideas.

Who is ready for a magical book club party to celebrate the completion of the book?

The Arrow guide is a companion to you, the parent. It’s the language arts partner that helps you teach writing mechanics and literary elements to multiple children of varying ages and skills—all with one guide!

Grow your young writers while following Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their adventure!

Win! Win!

Get the Harry Potter Arrow


FYI: Save the Date! The 2019–2020 Arrow and Boomerang book list reveal is May 31! More details soon!


If you are a planner and want a year-long language arts program right now, grab the 2018-2019 Arrow or Boomerang collection at the year-of-release discount rate—available until May 30!

Lighten Up Spring with Enchanting Reads!

Arrow and Boomerang Spring Sale

Enchanting Arrows and Boomerangs ON SALE!

Spring is here! The kids are outside catching tadpoles and making mud pies; you’ve thrown the windows open, and you’re ready for the light, airy season of spring.

It feels good to let the kids go—to embrace the freedom that comes when the cold lifts and the flowers bloom. Sigh…. Yes!

Yet the pressure mounts: the end of the year is in sight and you want to be sure you covered enough writing to leave you relaxed and satisfied in June.

How do you engage your children in learning spelling and grammar when everyone is ready to lighten the academic load? How do you discuss writer’s craft when your kids only want to craft mud pies?

The answer: connection over light, enchanting reads!

We’ve curated a selection of books to pair with our Arrow and Boomerang literature guides that teach mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing craft).

These are the perfect titles to read under a shady backyard tree. Practice copywork on clipboards while sprawled on a picnic blanket. Don’t forget the lemonade!

ON SALE until April 30th!

Presenting: Arrows (3rd – 6th grades):

If your mud pie-making babes have grown into mouse-clicking teens, try enticing them to the page with brownies and a Boomerang title!

Presenting: Boomerangs (7th -10th grades):


Living Literature + Writing Mechanics

The Arrow and The Boomerang are our language arts tools (digital guides) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and literary elements

through novels you read aloud! (A la Charlotte Mason)

You’ll have a ready-made month-long language arts program that includes passages for copywork and dictation, as well as detailed notes to help you explain a comma or alliteration!

$7.00 per guide is a STEAL! Snap them up before time runs out.

Don’t forget to grab your guides from the shop!

Have an Enchanting Spring!