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Dart, Arrow Boomerang: Semester-Long Themed Collections

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You want to get started with Brave Writer but you’re mid-year. Is it too late?

Nope!

The time is now!

Jump into a semester with Brave Writer: February to June!

Give our program a test drive before you shop for next school year!

Yes, we know! Curriculum-shopping season is right around the corner!

With this in mind—for the first time ever—we’ve created semester-long collections of our popular literature handbooks!

Imagine your child actively learning:

  • grammar,
  • punctuation,
  • spelling,
  • and literary devices

All in the context of stories they will love and remember!

Watch them apply what they’ve learned to their own writing!

We see it all the time.

Darts (ages 8–10), Arrows (ages 11–12), and Boomerangs (ages 13–14) are monthly digital handbooks that train parents and caregivers to teach grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary devices through time-tested practices in their natural environment: literature!

Each handbook contains:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) from a specific read-aloud novel for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary devices
  • Featured Literary Devices (and literature analysis in the Boomerang)
  • Writing Activities 
  • Questions
  • Family Book Club Party Ideas 
  • 45–50 pages

Each bundle includes a Guidelines PDF! 

  • 30 pages of training content—learn to teach writing mechanics the Brave Writer way
  • Sample routines (schedules)
  • A planner—plan your weekly and monthly content 
  • A tracker—track your child’s writing skill development and growth
  • Tips for copywork and dictation practices 

We’ve collected five popular titles from each level to create semester-long collections!

Dart (8-10): Children’s Classics

  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • The Trumpet of the Swan

Arrow (11-12): Adventure Stories 

  • Amari and the Night Brothers
  • The Lion of Mars
  • Mañanaland
  • The Nerviest Girl in the World
  • Greenglass House

Boomerang (13-14): American Perspectives 

  • How I Became a Ghost
  • Fever 1793
  • Hidden Figures (Young Readers Edition)
  • Refugee
  • They Called Us Enemy

Teach grammar, punctuation, and spelling in a whole new way.

You can do it! Give us a semester. We’ll show you how!

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Mechanics & Literature: January 2023

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While exploring writing, mechanics, and literary devices, January’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections demonstrate the power of stories and their ability to entertain, inform, and commemorate.

This month’s Quill explores the power of poetry! Play with pitch, voice, volume, and whimsical words while nurturing your child’s early reading, handwriting, and math skills.


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Brave Writer Quill
Quill (ages 5-7)

Get ready to add rhythm and rhyme to your days. The January Quill (Poetry) is here!

In this Quill we’ll lift our pinkies and sip tea while reading poetry; commit our favorite verses to memory; discover the difference between a stanza and a paragraph; play with rhyme, two words at a time (see what we did there?); clap and count our way through a poem to find the rhythm; and combine rhyme and rhythm to write a limerick.

Note: You can use any transportation picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some suggestions:

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Dart (ages 8-10)

Wondrous Rex by Patricia MacLachlan

Meet Rex: a Labrador retriever who has a special way with words!

Our story’s protagonist has a special gift he generously shares with others! What a perfect way to demonstrate the role of anthropomorphism, this month’s literary device!

We’ll also: 

  • start a wondrous word hoard;
  • capitalize some proper nouns;
  • create breathing room with commas;
  • plop pronouns into place;
  • ponder some potent punctuation;
  • capture qualities with adjectives, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Arrow (ages 11-12)

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

You’ll meet Petra, who wants to become a storyteller like her abuelita. But first, she’ll have to summon all her courage to fight incredible odds to save herself and others. This page turner will keep your kids on the edge of their seats—enjoy!

January’s literary device is flashbacks. Find out how a trip back in time makes the here and now more interesting!

We’ll also: 

  • engage with ellipses
  • save time with contractions;
  • talk about quotes;
  • find the fun in figurative language;
  • connect with coordinating conjunctions;
  • tune into tone; and so much more! 

Purchase the book.

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Boomerang (ages 13-14)

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds

Hinds has adapted Homer’s famous work into a gorgeous graphic-novel!*

In this Boomerang, we’ll:

  • get lost in translation;
  • wander through wordless sequences;
  • contemplate commas;
  • activate ALL CAPS;
  • follow comic book transitions;
  • explain encapsulation and closure, and so much more!

*Note About Content
The illustrations in this book depict the sensuality of the original text in much the same way ancient Greek sculpture you see in art museums might, including the human form in minimal clothing. The book also visually represents the violence of the epic with scenes of bloodshed and battle. Please review the book to decide if this story is right for your family.

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For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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Mechanics & Literature: December 2022

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December’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections celebrate the power of family and friendship and provide shiny opportunities to explore in dynamic new ways:

  • writing,
  • mechanics,
  • and literary devices. 

And this month’s Quill takes you on an exciting ride exploring modes of transportation, while also nurturing your child’s early reading, writing, and math skills.


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Brave Writer Quill
Quill (ages 5-7)

Cars! Boats! Trains! Oh, my! Get ready to move with the December Quill: Transportation!

In this Quill we’ll size up books as we explore book anatomylabel pieces and parts; get a move on to memorize as we develop gross motor skills; train fine motor skills with tracing; keep track with counting; and see how one thing is not like another as we compare and contrast.

NOTE: You can use any transportation picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some suggestions:

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Brave Writer Dart
Dart (ages 8-10)

The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el

Meet Duane, a lovable polar bear who finds friends and adventure wherever he goes!

Our story’s narrator this month has big opinions and can’t wait to share them with you! What a perfect way to demonstrate the role of the intrusive narrator, this month’s literary device!

We’ll also: 

  • wiggle our way through a look at verbs describing the ways animals move;
  • encounter a passage that uses repetition again, and again, and again (to great effect);
  • savor some lyrical language;
  • ponder the delights of personification;
  • split up parts of a sentence and make lists with semicolons
  • consider a cornucopia of color names, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Brave Writer Arrow
Arrow (ages 11-12)

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

This heartwarming story of three siblings evacuated from London to live in the countryside during World War II is a feel-good story—a perfect family read aloud.

December’s literary device is genre. Find out what makes historical fiction unique and explore which genres your family especially enjoys!

We’ll also: 

  • capture conjunctions and cling or string ideas together;
  • show respect with honorifics;
  • search for short sentences and some long ones too;
  • slide suffixes in at the end;
  • discuss the ins and outs of dialogue;
  • catch commas carrying out all sorts of jobs; and so much more!  

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Brave Writer Boomerang
Boomerang (ages 13-14)

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

This look at a teen girl navigating Deaf culture, high school, and relationship struggles is sure to spark Big Juicy Conversation in your home.

In this Boomerang, we’ll:

  • contemplate how conflict is constructed;
  • provide background details about narrative exposition;
  • get acquainted with character development;
  • wait and wait to find out about suspense;
  • chat about colloquial expressions with y’all; 
  • enjoy an aha moment with an exhilarating epiphany and so much more! 

Purchase the book.

Get the Boomerang.


For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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Mechanics & Literature: November 2022

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November’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections feature unexpected heroes who, against all odds, use their special talents to rise and save the day!

And this month’s Quill invites you to explore the wild world of animals from the cozy comfort of your home while nurturing your child’s early reading, handwriting, and math skills.


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Quill (ages 5-7)

Great ready to ROAR and GROWLLLL your way into fall with November’s Quill: Wild Animals.

In this Quill we’ll dig into fantastic facts found in nonfiction books as we explore boxes, glossaries, and more; play with awesome adjectives as we craft a creature and name it; Hissssss. . . Caw. Grrrrrowl. ROAR! with onomatopoeia; put numbers in their places and hunt for them in the wild; stare at staggering statistics and make up some of our own; and pull out our rulers to make critter comparisons from the largest to the smallest and everything in between! 

NOTE: You can use any animal-themed picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some Suggestions:

  • A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
  • Born to Be Wild: How Baby Animals Survive and Thrive by DK Publishing
  • Eye Spy: Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat
  • Crowbar: The Smartest Bird in the World by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor
  • Dear Wandering Wildebeest and Other Poems from the Watering Hole by Irene Latham, Illustrated by Anna Wadham 
  • The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett (and other Jan Brett books) 

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Dart (ages 8-10)

Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Muñoz Ryan 

Find out if Solimar can save her kingdom and the future of the monarchs from a greedy king! This page turner weaves themes of family, courage, and perseverance in ways your children won’t soon forget!

Your child will feel as bright as a button this month when they explore similes as a literary device.

We’ll also: 

  • make noise with onomatopoeia,
  • meet the handy-dandy hyphen,
  • dig into dialogue,
  • admire alliteration,
  • ponder a powerful symbol,
  • link phrases with conjunctions, and so much more!

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Arrow (ages 11-12)

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

You’ll see Peter Pan like you’ve never seen him before when you read this imaginative twist on a beloved classic.

The Literary Device is breaking the fourth wall. Find out what happens when writers use this technique to transport readers into the story. 

We’ll also: 

  • hoot and howl over onomatopoeia;
  • realize what retellings reveal; 
  • discover the power of descriptive details
  • boldly behold adverbs;
  • chat about dialogue punctuation;
  • ponder personification, and so much more! 

Purchase the book.

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Boomerang (ages 13-14)

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

This novel is the story of a sixteen-year-old Navajo code talker who played an important role in facilitating vital US military communications during World War II.

In this Boomerang we’ll:

  • sink deep into symbolism;
  • crack the code and appreciate anecdotes;
  • enlighten with analogies;
  • note names and nicknames galore;
  • connect with conditional statements;
  • play on words with puns, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

Get the Boomerang.


For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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Mechanics & Literature: October 2022

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This month’s Quill is all about Art! Infuse your child’s day with a burst of color and a dash of design as you explore familiar concepts from a fresh new angle!

And October’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections inspire dynamic discussions. Use these stories to dig deep and examine topical issues while you explore:

  • writing,
  • mechanics,
  • and literary devices together! 

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Brave Writer Quill
Quill (ages 5-7)

In this Quill, we’ll get wordy with as we read artwork through shapes, see art styles come to life through a thematic art study, tell a new story through art edits, bring silent subjects to life with captions, tickle our imaginations with tessellations and tangrams, and play with scale and proportion!

NOTE: You can use any art-themed picture books you have in your stacks or find at your library.

Some Suggestions:

  • A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Rubin
  • Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki
  • Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts 
  • I Spy Shapes in Art and other books by Lucy Micklethwait
  • Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake (activity book)

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Brave Writer Dart
Dart (ages 8-10)

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot

You won’t believe what happens if you a let a dragon out of a bag and feed it sweet treats.

It’s time to “let the cat out of the bag.” We’re about to “spill the beans!” You guessed it, this month’s Literary Device is the idiom!

We’ll also:

  • investigate writer’s craft,
  • poke around some prepositions,
  • assemble question marks for a game of Twenty Questions,
  • unpack the power of a particular prefix,
  • inject excitement into our writing with interjections (oh boy!),
  • eyeball the em dash, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

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Brave Writer Arrow
Arrow (ages 11-12)

Loyalty by Avi

Explore the American Revolution from a fresh new perspective!

The Literary Device is imagery. Explore the wondrous ways words paint pictures that we see, smell, hear, taste, and touch! 

We’ll also:

  • dabble in dialogue punctuation,
  • step back in time to highlight historical context,
  • explore our interest in possessive adjectives,
  • count on an opportunity to discuss writing numbers,
  • wait for it—entertain the em dash,
  • show you dazzling descriptive verbs, and so much more!

Purchase the book.

Get the Arrow.


Brave Writer Boomerang
Boomerang (ages 13-14)

The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

This powerful novel affirms the ways deep friendships provide strength to help us navigate the most difficult of times.

In this Boomerang, we’ll:

  • examine epistolary writing down to the letter,
  • consider characterization and ponder point of view,
  • dissect dialogue,
  • spice things up with specific details,
  • tackle titles,
  • notice the narrative arc and the emotional arc, and much more!

Purchase the book.

Get the Boomerang.


For ages 15-18, check out the Slingshot.


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