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Boomerang Book Club: May 2019

Boomerang Book Club

Don’t tell your teens: the Boomerang book club experience at Brave Writer isn’t just about having fun reading and chatting with new friends online. The deep reading experience we offer includes benefits your high schoolers don’t even know they’re getting!

Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month is provided.


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May’s selection for the Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

A series of poetic vignettes about the life of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl living in Chicago. The oldest child of a family that moves from one apartment to the next, Esperanza finds her voice as she navigates a world filled with joy and heartbreak. Available as an audiobook read by the author.

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Caveat: Please remember that you’re the parent. If you have doubts about the content of a particular book, please check the reviews of the novel or read it for yourself first. Pouch and Boomerang books in particular may include sexuality, graphic language, and mature themes.

Also starting in May are our Arrow and Pouch Book Clubs.

Pouch Book Club: May 2019

May 2019 Pouch Book Club

Brave Writer’s online Pouch Book Club is for middle schoolers who want to discuss novels with their peers, who are ready to learn the art of thinking and writing simultaneously all while excited about a great story!

Our book clubs provide:

  • thought-provoking questions,
  • engagement with one of our writing coaches
  • and a safe place to have interactions online about a common interest: books! 

Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month.


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases,
Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


May’s selection for the Pouch Book Club (ages 11-14) is Shakespeare’s Scribe by Gary Blackwood.

When an outbreak of the deadly Black Plague closes the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare’s acting troupe sets off on a tour of England. Widge, the orphan-turned-actor, knows that he’ll be useful on the trip. Not only does he love the stage, but his knack for a unique shorthand has proven him one of the most valuable apprentices in the troupe. But then a mysterious man appears, claiming to know a secret from Widge’s past-a secret that may forever force him from the theatre he loves.—Amazon

Purchase the novel.

REGISTER HERE

Caveat: Please remember that you’re the parent. If you have doubts about the content of a particular book, please check the reviews of the novel or read it for yourself first. Pouch and Boomerang books in particular may include sexuality, graphic language, and mature themes.

Also starting in May are our Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs.

Brave Writer Online Book Clubs

2019 Summer/Fall Class Registration Opens June 3!

Brave Writer 2019 Summer Fall Online Writing Classes

It’s that time when our thoughts turn to the upcoming school year. Are you curious what that year will look like?

Curiosity—both yours and your kids’—is at the core of a thriving homeschool.

You know how it can be: sometimes homeschool can feel like dragging an unwilling child through the grocery store. We’ve all been there. Complaining, boredom, acting out. You want to get things done and invest time and money—and your kids couldn’t care less.

How can you tap into the curiosity that sparks interest and passion for learning?

After all, curiosity is the magic pixie dust that

  • Gets our neurons firing (suddenly it’s like a pinball machine in our brains!)
  • Propels us over hurdles of implementation (we’re motivated to get supplies, do research)
  • Keeps the momentum going when normally we’d get tired (our attention span is longer when we’re interested)
  • Gives us superhuman speed and urgency (how often does your child say about a project they’ve devised, “But Mom, I need to do this NOW!”)

You could ask your kids to research something YOU think is important, or you could notice what sparks an interest for themGet curious about what makes them tick. Learning and writing about how dogs are trained to be service animals is going to teach writing and research skills as well as any textbook-chosen topic. Probably better.

Our online class offerings are designed to spark curiosity and embrace your child’s take on the world. Even within our broad topics like Nature Journaling, we give our students the opportunity to dial into their obsessions. To do a deep dive into something that fascinates them. 

Across the board, our Brave Writer students are learning to write on their own terms. And that’s how we find they learn best.

Summer/Fall Registration opens June 3 at noon Eastern. Yes, it’s true! Are you ready to kickstart a writing journey, Brave Writer style?

  • Mark your calendars
  • Check out the class schedule
  • Get ready for a writing adventure like no other!

IMPORTANT CHANGE:

We’ve combined summer and fall registration into one earlier start date this year. Be sure to nab the fall classes you want when registration opens. Popular classes fill quickly!

Brave Writer Summer/Fall Writing Classes 

Learn more: All About Online Writing Classes 


If you have questions about which class is right for your child, we invite you to send an email to our Help Desk (help@bravewriter.com). Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be glad to give you suggestions that are just right for your family!

Brave Writer Online Classes

High School Essay Writing for the Win!

Expository Essay: Rhetorical Critique and Analysis

Looking for a winning move?

Join our Expository Essay: Rhetorical Critique and Analysis online class this spring!

Essay writing is not only about essay formats. Likewise, chess is not only about the checkered board and black and white pieces.

There’s more to both games!

Yes—it’s essential to know the rules of the game, but it’s how the players (writers) apply their unique skills to those rules that makes chess (and writing) powerful to experience and exciting to watch/read!

Check it out:

RISK. Making a bold move/offering a bold perspective.

CREATIVITY. Surprising the opponent/reader with an unexpected move/view.

IMAGINATION. Picturing the opponent’s behavior/reader’s perspective and matching it.

Essay writing is a creative, strategic act!

Just like the mind of the chess player drives the action on the board, it’s the mind of the writer that unleashes powerful insight in the game of academic writing.

Expository Essay: Rhetorical Critique & Analysis

To read and write rhetorically means to

  • Extract meaning from complicated texts
  • Be deliberately open to a wide variety of viewpoints
  • Understand how word choice can elicit a reaction or persuade the reader
  • Recognize how images shape a message or appeal to emotion

Don’t remember covering this in school? That’s because most traditional writing classes focus on the “rules of the game,” not the strategy to go with playing.

Deciding what to do with your ‘chess pieces’ takes a little risk. Some imagination. Creativity. Collaboration with a seasoned essay writer helps. Good news—Brave Writer has a space where your teen can play with all of that!

In Expository Essay: Rhetorical Critique and Analysis, students will

  • Write summaries, drawn from complex topics
  • Consider differences in purpose, genre, and audience when writing
  • Learn to uncover deeper levels of thought and analysis
  • Examine the literary choices authors make
  • Practice critiquing a piece of text
  • Develop visual literacy skills by analyzing images

Your teens will write two essays:

  1. Summary/strong response essay
  2. Image analysis

Expository Essay: Rhetorical Critique and Analysis is the ultimate endgame for your school year! Teens will finish strong with this offering! Sign up now for our session starting April 29.

Note: This course is designed for high school students between 10th–12th grades. Students should already have some experience with academic formats.

Expository Essay

We Grow Writers

Brave Writer: We Grow Writers

When I built Brave Writer, I had one goal: to grow writers. I found out quickly that most parents had a different goal: to grade writers.

The heart of what we do in Brave Writer, is to give kids the experience of growing. Grading doesn’t do that. Grading measures children against a standard and shows them where they fell short. If they get an A, the impression is created that there is no more growth to be had. Yet that’s also not true. Grading does not accomplish the growing. It only ensures that a child works for approval. Grading doesn’t teach craft.

What leads to growth in writing? A safe environment for risk-taking. That means having a supportive conversation partner who reads your words and gives feedback about that reading experience.

The comments our talented writing coaches (instructors) make help children know that they have been read and understood first.


Kids in our classes experience themselves as writers,
not as taking a writing class.


Our instructors’ comments are:

  • kind,
  • thoughtful,
  • and move the writing forward.

A writing coach might say something like:

“I was drawn in by the opening sentence. Now I wonder what happened to the dog. Can you show me? Can you create a movie in my mind? Like this…”

Students are taught how to grow the content of their writing, not just clean up the mechanics.

So check out Brave Writer’s online writing classes. We have a wide array to choose from!

Brave Writer Online Classes