Summer Specialty Issues

Summer is around the corner which means good things at Brave Writer. Every year, I produce specialty issues for our language arts subscription programs to give moms a burst of inspiration for the coming school year. * This year, I’m thrilled to announce the contents of SIX big issues of the Arrow, Boomerang and Slingshot.

Before we get to the meat of those issues, though, I need to go over some housekeeping. The Brave Writer website is being overhauled this summer to make it more up-to-date and user friendly. We’re also installing new classroom software which will make classes a richer experience. As a result, the language arts subscription programs are also being revised and deepened. That means two things: 1) your current subscriptions will all end July 20 in anticipation of the new subscription programs to begin in August, and 2) if you don’t have a current subscription, you’ll need to purchase the June and July issues separately. These issues cost more than the typical Arrow, Boomerang and Slingshot as the content is much beefier than usual. (Those who have current monthly subscriptions through paypal will have access to these issues for no additional cost.)

Those who have purchased the Platinum package or have subscribed with a year long subscription but began that subscription some time after August will be contacted with information about how to retrieve the issues of the 2006-2007 school year that will fulfill your subscriptions. Not to worry. That information is coming to an email in-box near you some time before the end of May.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a burst of energy and inspiration for your coming school years, I commend the Arrow, Boomerang and Slingshot summer issues to you. They’re chock full of good ideas, insight and technical value. We’re selling them in pairs (cannot be purchased individually) and all six for a reduced price.

The Speciality Issues of the Arrow, Boomerang and Slingshot

Each June and July we create specialty issues to enhance your homeschool’s writing program. I’m very pleased to announce a full suite of products that are sure to add both creativity and substance to the teaching of writing as well as the atmosphere of living literature in your families.

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The Arrow: June and July Issues (2007)

(Grades 3-6)

June Issue – Non-Fiction: How do you know that the non-fiction your kids read is high quality? What are the literary elements of non-fiction? How much non-fiction should your kids be reading (or listening to)? Non-fiction lays a foundation for future expository writing. Reading quality non-fiction develops your child’s writing voice in ways that fiction doesn’t. We’ll explore this neglected genre of reading and how it influences writing in the June issue of the Arrow.

July Issue – Myth and Legend: Greek and Norse Gods, the Odyssey and the Illiad, the legend of Robin Hood, Beowulf… There is much rich material for young imaginations in our classic myths and legends. I’ll pick several to discuss in this issue, including the primary features of myths and legends. Also included will be a myth-making project for your young creative writers.

The issues are sold as a pair: $19.95

The Boomerang: June and July Issues (2007)

(Grades 7-9)

June Issue – Freewriting Frenzy: This issue will explore a wide variety of creative writing prompts and the goals of each one. You can use this issue to create an atmosphere of freedom and play around writing so that you aren’t always wondering how to recharge the writing battery. I’ll also discuss more about the theory of freewriting to help you grasp its value and how to better use it as a technique in your homeschool.

July Issue – Booking It: Tired of dreary book reports? Why write them? Your child read the book and you know it because you saw her curled up on the sofa reading. Still, there is value in narrating a book’s contents in written form. Instead of calling for those tedious book report formats, change pace and create fresh writing responses to a favorite novel. We’ll look at several ways to respond to novels and non-fiction that include writing and creativity.

The issues are sold as a pair: $19.95

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The Slingshot: June and July Issues (2007)

(Grades 10-12)

June Issue – Sources: This issue will focus on how to evaluate sources (credibility, use of Internet versus texts, the role of news media versus scholarship and so on) and how to cite them in academic writing. We’ll also look at the difference between primary and secondary sources. I’ll also give some tips on how to ensure proper use of the MLA guidelines for both citing sources and paper formatting.

July Issue – Textual Analysis: In writing about any topic (historical, religious, literary, philosophical, political), the writer is usually called on to comment on an original (or primary) text. In this issue, I’ll give you guidance on how to read a primary text and interpret it. We’ll use an interrogative approach that helps the reader engage the text both analytically as well as to generate meaning.

The issues are sold as a pair for $24.95

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The Arrow, Boomerang and Slingshot June and July issues are digital products and available through a private folder on the Brave Writer forums page of the website to those who purchase them. Each issue will be available online on the first of each month and will be left in the folder until the end of July. When you purchase these issues, you will be instructed to create user IDs on the forums page of our website. Then you will be added to the private permissions list of the folder that will house your issues. You will have all of June and July to retrieve your issues which can be downloaded to your computer via email or printed using a printer friendly button. These issues cannot be mailed overland and are not available in printed format.

*I realize that this blog is northern hemisphere centric and I apologize to my wonderful Brave Writer Mums down under who faithfully read this blog and participate in the BW community. I know you’re there and your school rhythms are different from ours. Thanks for bearing with us.

4 Responses to “Summer Specialty Issues”

  1. Anna says:

    Julie, I smiled to read your postscript for us Downunderuns. Your information and service is just fabulous, and easily transferrable between seasons, schedules etc., so that our differing calendars hardly matter.

    The one thing I have wondered about, though, is if it’s possible for you to schedule more of your courses so that they don’t fall into our Southern Hemisphere vacation-times. I know that if you try to please all, you please none, but very often your courses overlap our holidays by a week at one end or the other.

    We just LOVED the course we did earlier in the year (the only appropriate one in your winter schedule that didn’t clash with our summer holidays) and would love to do more. All the dates I’ve seen so far, however, with courses that we’d be interested in, do clash with Aussie school holidays, which we observe to foster relationships with school-attending friends. A slide of a week would make some of those courses available to us, and I’m sure many more Downunderuns too.

    No pressure, just a thought.

    Many thanks for all you do – we all appreciate it!

  2. Julie Bogart says:

    I would love someone (maybe you?) to send me schoool holidays for down under. That would help me a lot. I have no idea when they are so I can’t even take them into consideration when I am planning courses.

    Thanks for undrstanding and your good suggestions.

  3. Anna says:

    Thanks for being so open, Julie – the following link has holidays for all Australian states, but a quick scan of them showed me you might still be faced with the “try to please all and you please none” dilemma!

    Hope it helps a little anyway, and I look forward to seeing your next class schedule. =D

  4. Tricotomania says:

    A few notes on history…

    I know that I’ve been quite lately and I might get back to blogging more regularly soon (I’d like to put something into at least one of Unschooling Voices or the Country Fair, for example). In the meantime, I thought…