Language Arts Subscriptions!

Finally! I’ve got the book lists all set to go. We have a whole new slate of Arrows this year!! Woo-hoo. Now that grad school’s over, I can create brand new ones. The Boomerang list is awesome. I can tell we’ll have a great time together in our book discussions. And, due to the outcries :), we’re offering three book/one film discussions for Slingshotters, too. (Prices will be posted on the website once I build the pages tonight or tomorrow.)

The Arrow will be what it has been: a four-week lesson that includes dictation passages from the novel (one for each week), tips about grammar, style, punctuation and vocabulary, followed by a literary element with examples from literature and a writing exercise.

  • August: Poppy (Avi)
  • September: Little House on the Prairie (Wilder)
  • October: Justin Morgan Had a Horse (Henry)
  • November: Archimedes and the Door of Science (Bendick)
  • December: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Coerr)
  • January: Journey to Jo’Burg (Naidoo)
  • February: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Cleary)
  • March: Turn Homeward, Hannalee (Beatty)
  • April: Call it Courage (Sperry)
  • May: Mossflower (Jacques)

The Boomerang will now be both a digital product that features dictation passages as well as think piece questions for book reflections, and will include automatically the book discussion forums as well.

  • August: The House on Mango Street (Cisneros)
  • September: Tom Sawyer (Twain)
  • October: The Thief Lord (Funke)
  • November: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Orczy)
  • December: Call of the Wild/White Fang (London)
  • January: The Diary of Anne Frank (Frank)
  • February: Crispin the Cross of Lead (Avi)
  • March: Murder on the Orient Express (Christie)
  • April: The Endless Steppe (Hautzig)
  • May: The Shakespeare Scribe (Blackwood)

The Slingshot as a digital text no longer exists in a monthly format (we will make all back issues available for single purchase), but we are excited to offer single month discussions for your high schoolers who would like to discuss films or literature without the pressure of producing essays.

  • November: The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
  • December: Movie discussions of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Muppet Christmas Carol”
  • February: The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
  • April: Book and film discussion: Pride and Prejudice (Austen)

5 Responses to “Language Arts Subscriptions!”

  1. i am not sure i understand enough on the way to do this program to make a monetary commiitment like this. is there any computer support in the beginning?

  2. i need some instruction myself.this is so new to me. what is required daily?

  3. Beate says:

    Wow Julie, I love the Arrow list 🙂 I’ve been ordering one at a time, but this year will subscribe for the entire year!

  4. Victoria Strickland says:

    Julie, when will all the back issues of The Slingshot be available for purchase?

  5. Julie in NZ says:

    Our family has used Boomerang up until now and we will be subscribing again. As the children are all engaged in Speech and Drama classes they get quite a lot of exposure to poetry there so we use “Tuesday Teatime” (which actually happens on Monday) for each person to share reading aloud something currently being read and then we do the Boomerang dictation. It works well for us – we cook something nice to eat the day before and experiment with drinks, as it is currently winter here our latest is hot berry juice.