Training Tip: Movie Discussion

Movie Discussion Training Tip

If you’re looking for a welcoming entry point for a reluctant writer, discussing movies is a good place to start!

Talking about a film helps students

  • articulate a position,
  • develop insight and
  • find their inner writing voice. 

All needed skills in academic writing!

For movie suggestions, check out Brave Writer’s Movie Master List (click on the titles for discussion questions!). And here’s a training tip to help get the conversation rolling:

Training Tip: Movie Discussion

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Brave Writer’s Movie Discussion Club gives students a place to jump online and type out their thoughts and opinions on pop culture. They’re having a blast—meanwhile, they are building academic writing skills.

There are no essays or writing assignments in our movie club. They will write, naturally, as they post their thoughts and responses in our online classroom. But since none of their writing will be revised, polished, or graded, your kids will have the chance to explore their thinking using written language, without the pressure to “perform.”

Learn more about our online classes here.

We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.

Brave Writer Movie Discussion Club

Replay: Homeschooling + Holidays

Homeschooling through the Holidays REPLAY

I love homeschooling in the fall (the fragrance of newly sharpened pencils and Scotch tape—right Kathleen Kelly?). October also signals a “let’s get a lot done because the holidays are coming” vibe.

So I’ve got three principles to keep in mind.

Less is more.

Focus on the holidays and get learning tossed into the bargain.

Go slow to go fast.

Rushing reduces what’s learned. Better to learn one thing well than cover a slew of things in a hurry. Use the holidays as your one thing. Dive deep, milk it. Use The Continent of Learning to help you, The Brave Learner, pages 24-27.


Rely on each other. Share the load. If you don’t have local friends, reach out to online ones. You can partner to plan lessons or parties or celebrate wins or get fresh ideas.
Check out the webinar I did that goes into this topic in depth: 

Boomerang Book Club: November 2019

Boomerang Book Club November 2019

Teens discuss movies enthusiastically all the time—there’s no reason why they can’t do this with books too! It’s not a new skill, just a transfer of skill.

Brave Writer’s online Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) gives students opportunities to figure out what they think and vocalize their thoughts!

We allow your students to feel the sweet thrill of Strong Opinion and Clever Insight. Teens can express their thoughts about what they read and experience the kind support and enthusiasm of a writing coach and fellow homeschool readers.

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November’s Boomerang Book Club selection: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Originally published in 1968, this fantasy novel has influenced many authors since. Follow a young village boy with an aptitude for the magical arts as his youth and a thirst for power lead him to unleash a terrible shadow into the world. Through trials and tribulations, he learns about the nature of power and mortality. Along the way, he masters the words of power, tames an ancient dragon, and restores balance by crossing the threshold of death.

Purchase the novel here.

Our Boomerang Book Club is a wonderful sneaky way to draw out the writer. Teens feel like they are talking not writing— even though they are!

Boomerang Book Club

Arrow Book Club: November 2019

Arrow Book Club November 2019

When was the last time you heard this? “I’m bored.”

What if I told you about a magic portal that lies in wait for your child, where they could be transported and enchanted? There is! They can!

Grab a copy of the next Arrow Book Club read (for ages 9-12) and let them dive in! 

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November’s Arrow Book Club selection: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis is the boy criminal mastermind you’ll love, hate, or love to hate. Artemis, most unconventionally, seeks to restore his family fortune and pull his family back together by kidnapping a fairy. And not just any fairy. A very dangerous fairy. This story blends the modern and the magical with delightful effect. Get ready for an adventure with Artemis!

Purchase the novel here.

Boredom banished! 

And here’s a secret. While they’re having fun reading and chatting with new friends online, their minds are growing! Stretching! A benefit your child doesn’t even know they’re getting!

Deep reading of quality literature has advantages:

  • story structure encourages our brains to understand sequence
  • expands our attention spans
  • white matter is in the language area of your brain expands
  • deep reading creates empathy
  • close reading gives the brain a workout in multiple complex cognitive functions

Join us!

Arrow Book Club

Friday Freewrite: Racing against Time

Friday Freewrite

Remember the last time you were racing against time. Describe that experience.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.