Words are the building blocks of our imaginative world.
Think of words like Lego bricks. Before our kids are building the Eiffel Tower out of Lego, they simply investigate the bricks through play. They:
take them apart,
attach them in new formations,
mix and match them.
Words are the same!
Here’s a training tip to encourage wordplay in your homeschool.
Wordplay is also the perfect preparation for our Arrow (ages 9-12) and Boomerang (ages 13-18) Book Clubs. They offer a virtual living room space–where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read with you at home.
Brave Writer’s online Book Clubs are a great way to homeschool in a busy season. Try our low-intensity, warm and welcoming discussion clubs!
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.
Here’s the thing. I can teach you the formula for a 5-paragraph essay on a napkin. That’s easy! But because educators often over-emphasize format, other crucial elements of essay writing get overlooked.
That’s why we created our Essay Prep series. It covers the foundational skills and practices that comprise essay writing—beyond just the number of paragraphs.
Great essays are built from great insight. To generate that insight, teens need to consider multiple points of view simultaneously and dispassionately. Academic discourse requires the writer to know what they think, and why.
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:
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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.”
That’s why we hold every student gently. We know that curt corrections and disparaging remarks hurt. Because we’re writers, we know that writing is personal. Because we’re educators, we know that learning from us is trusting in us.
Brave Writer coaches are specially trained, not only in writing instruction, but also in how to construct comments that cultivate positive relationships with writing and within your family. In our feedback, we take the whole child into account—writing growth, but also their vulnerability and heart—making it a safe space to learn.
No one does it like we do.
Learning doesn’t need to be painful. We’ve found that students learn better when it’s not. We can help them unlock how professional writers write, avoiding frustration as students learn the craft. Our methods build them up and won’t tear them down. The results are nurtured writers who are free to grow—and do!
Class in Focus: The Writer’s Jungle Online
Get some of that special sauce!
n The Writer’s Jungle Online, you learn how to teach your student to write using the Brave Writer method. Our writing coach is there for YOU and your child—to give meaningful ideas about how to grow the writing, to partner, to cheerlead, and to celebrate! She’s a companion and a champion who walks each step of the way with you and your child for six weeks.
The Writer’s Jungle Online class includes:
Communication (An oral game to get you started. Fun!)
Keen observation (The skill to dig out the rich vocabulary lurking inside your child)
Freewriting (The breakthrough tool that has unleashed thousands of blocked writers)
Revising (Practices and permission to get in there with your kids and help)
Editing (The mechanics mop up)
Publishing (Suggestions for how to share that great writing with interested readers)
Take the opportunity now to press the reset button on your homeschool writing experiences. Create an atmosphere of collaboration, peace, and progress. Enroll in The Writer’s Jungle Online today!
Teens write every day. On their phones! In texts, social media, and chat rooms, they freely express their opinions and ideas.
Time to level up: academic writing is the original chat room!
Higher education is all about making those opinions precise and well supported. Just with a more narrow set of rules.
We want to show students how to
navigate difficult topics
avoid ranting, emotional language
use research and logic to make their points
understand someone else’s opinion
disagree respectfully, without resorting to personal attacks
These skills are essential to the academic enterprise and to all communication!
Need more help?
Brave Writer’s Essay Prep: Research and Citation 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.
keenly observe and examine an idea
use inquiry as the basis for writing
research with search engines and local library databases
evaluate the credibility of a source
take efficient notes
summarize, quote, and paraphrase
plan and write a research project
cite sources using MLA format
Rescue your kids from hours of fruitless Internet research and let us teach them tools to find reliable information quickly. Register for Essay Prep: Research and Citation today!
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