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The Driver’s Ed of Essay Writing: Brave Writer’s Essay Prep Classes

The Driver's Ed of Essay Writing: Brave Writer's Essay Prep Series

Would you toss the car keys to your teen who has never driven before? I hope not! Driving requires familiarity with a car and the rules of the road.

Likewise, essay writing depends on familiarity with essays and the characteristics of good expository writing. Yet most high school students have never read an essay before being asked to write one!

Our Essay Prep series (for ages 13 – 18) is the driver’s ed of essay writing. 

Let Brave Writer introduce your teen to the essay form: reading essays, examining them, playing with essay skills and tools BEFORE careening down the highway of academic discourse.

Classes can be taken in any order:

ESSAY PREP: READING THE ESSAY

Essay Prep: Reading the Essay

Reading the Essay provides a roadmap to essay writing. This class gives students a chance to see what essays are like—before they have to write one! We share some of our favorite essays in this class and discuss the elements that make them successful. Students interact with the texts and with each other!

Students will:

  • find the “angle of vision” in the essays they read
  • write about a topic from different points of view
  • give a surprising view or debunk commonly held beliefs
  • reflect on personal experiences in writing
  • use writing voice to strengthen an argument
  • discover bias or slant in persuasive writing
  • develop reasoned arguments that form the foundation of persuasive essays

ESSAY PREP: DYNAMIC THINKING

Essay Prep: Dynamic Thinking

Dynamic Thinking class is our unique, revolutionary class that grows your teens into critical thinkers. Great essays are built from great insight. To generate that insight, teens need to consider multiple points of view simultaneously and dispassionately. Deep thinking, right? This class takes your teen beyond snap judgments and puts gas in their tank for writing.

Students will:

  • learn to think about the controversial nature of a topic for writing
  • powerfully associate ideas using metaphor and analogy
  • identify their true perspective about a topic to aid thesis development
  • believe and doubt the same argument, to grow their minds
  • create a collage of writing (a final project synthesizing writing from the class)

ESSAY PREP: RESEARCH & CITATION

Essay Prep: Research and Citation

Research & Citation: Once upon a time, students got their information from books at the library, not the Internet. One thing’s for sure, the academic terrain has shifted from when we were in school. This class teaches your kids how to find reliable, essay-worthy information on the Internet. We also tackle the nitty-gritty when it comes to current expectations on how to format an essay and cite sources(so teens can avoid inadvertently plagiarizing!).

Students engage in the following activities:

  • keenly observing and examining an idea
  • using inquiry as the basis for writing
  • researching with search engines and local library databases
  • evaluating the credibility of a source
  • taking efficient notes
  • summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing
  • planning and writing a research project
  • citing sources using MLA format

These three classes comprise the ‘driver’s manual’ to prepare your teens for the solo drive of essay-writing.

Buckle up, because Brave Writer has all three essay prep classes available this spring!

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Brave Writer's Essay Prep Classes

Boomerang Book Club: March 2019

Brave Writer Boomerang Book Club

Brave Writer’s Boomerang Book Club is the place to be in March!

Johannah Bogart, Julie’s 28 year old homeschooled daughter, will guide students in provocative discussion of the Boomerang books. These discussions are intended to teach your kids literary analysis without the burden of essay writing. All the Big Juicy Conversations about the books will lead to that special brain development—rhetorical insight—that leads to effective essay writing later.

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


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March’s selection for the Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) is Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

In Wolf Hollow, a heartwarming and heartbreaking coming of age story, Annabelle finds the courage to stand up to the new girl in town and learns you cannot help everyone, no matter how much you care. Set in rural Pennsylvania during WWII, this is a tale of resilience, strength, and compassion in the face of injustice. Available as an audiobook read by Emily Rankin.

Purchase the novel.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to read those lengthy dense books, let alone discuss them in depth! And that’s where we come in. Teenagers are invited to join our virtual book discussion club, conducted entirely online in the Brave Writer classroom.

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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 March are our Arrow and Pouch Book Clubs.

Pouch Book Club: March 2019

Brave Writer March 2019 Pouch Book Club

March is just around the corner and so is next month’s Pouch Book Club!

Our book club facilitator will guide students in provocative discussion of the Pouch of Boomerangs books. They’ll coax, encourage, and expand how your middle schoolers think about novels, all while providing an engaging dialogue partner to them.

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


[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!]


March’s selection for the Pouch Book Club (ages 11-14) is The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand—until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.—Amazon

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Due to popular demand, Brave Writer now offers a transition book club between the Arrow and Boomerang. The Pouch 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!

Let Brave Writer help you. These book discussions are drawn from entertaining works of fiction that your kids are sure to love!

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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 March are our Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs.

The Writer’s Jungle Online: Meet Our Veteran Coach!

The Writer's Jungle Online: Meet Our Veteran Coach!

Ever find the ghost of public school past lurking on your left shoulder? It whispers to you, “Hey the local schooled kids are writing academic essays in third grade. What are you doing?”

Many of us are haunted by papers with red ink scrawling across hard-won sentences and paragraphs, circling mistakes and crossing out awkward phrases. We don’t want to treat our kids’ writing the same way, but we don’t know any other approach!

Here at Brave Writer, we’re ready to help you navigate an entirely new approach to giving support and feedback to your child’s writing.

Our writing coaches bring their personalities and positivity to the classroom while they form their own rapport with each child—and with you! Our instructors are professional writers who teach your kids by coming alongside your children and talking to them like fellow writers.

Best part: We’ll show you how to do that too! No red pens needed!

One of our most popular writing coaches is Deb Bell. She’s a veteran here at Brave Writer. Her training in theatre arts, multi-sensory learning, and learning challenges (like dyslexia and ADD) give her a versatility that wins her students over. We hear over and over again that those reluctant writers are racing to the computer to see what Deb has to say in response to their work.

You can see why.

She talks to our kids about their obsessions, connecting with them and modeling vivid and dynamic language. Her feedback here about Minecraft does a lot to establish her credibility as a writing partner:

When we bring a story to life, our readers get to experience it as if it is their experience. Through the writers in this class I’ve built a shelter, but failed to get the door “on” before mobs attacked, I’ve helped battle an Ender dragon for his egg, found diamonds, built a custom home of lapis lazuli, and I’ve ridden a roller coaster mine cart on a rickety track!

Concrete writing instruction is woven into reassuring responses, to help the writing grow while honoring your child’s voice. Even simple details are noted and drawn out:

Student: The last time we had steak as a whole family Robert still had his old grill and we still had our old white plates. Andrew and Celia still lived at home.

Lovely. You are showing us that it’s been a while; we assume that now you have new plates, and that Robert has a new grill. As well, my mental image of the family around the table is now populated with white plates. Every detail adds to the three-dimensionality of the scene for me. Good.

Can you imagine the RELIEF in having a partner like this to help you work on your child’s writing? It can happen right now.

Join Deb for an injection of joy and progress in writing with your kids!

Register Here for Deb’s Classes

Learn more about Deb Bell

The Writer's Jungle Online

Arrow Book Club: March 2019

Arrow Book Club

We’re sneaky! The Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12) provides an online discussion space where students discuss literature using literary analysis vocabulary without the pressure of writing “essays.” All that discussion will be put “into” writing but it will be invisible to them. They will feel like they are just “talking” when in fact they are writing!

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


[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!]


March’s Arrow Book Club selection is Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh.

Discover the world through the eyes of eleven-year-old Harriet, a spy. As all good spies do, she writes down everything she observes in her notebook—even brutally honest and often awful thoughts about her classmates. When the notebook goes missing, Harriet finds herself in a fix. Will the rambunctious Harriet smooth out the mess and regain the trust of her friends? Available as an audiobook read by Anne Bobby.

Purchase the novel.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—-yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to take the discussion to a written form.

Let Brave Writer help you. These book discussions are drawn from entertaining works of fiction that your kids are sure to love!

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.


Also starting in March are our Boomerang and Pouch Book Clubs.