The Boomerang

Monthly literature and language arts rebounding into your home!

2015-2016 Book List (books not included)

August: The Sea of Monsters (Rick Riordan #2)
September: I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
October: Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
November: The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
December: The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
January: The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
February: Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
March: Paper Towns (John Green)
April: Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
May: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

The Boomerang is the monthly digital product that features a classic work of fiction each month. These novels are used to teach the mechanics of writing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements). In addition to the weekly passages used for copywork and dictation, The Boomerang includes ten "think piece" questions which are used to enhance a student's comprehension of the novel's themes and construction through discussion and writing.

For 6th-7th grade students, check out A Pouch of Boomerangs.

How it works
The Boomerang is published on the first of each month; there are ten issues (August - May 2015-2016). It is up to the parent to secure a copy of the novel. The Boomerang is supplied as a digital download through a membership page on the Brave Writer website. Subscribers will have access to the newest issues of The Boomerang on the first of each month, starting in August. Members have at least a month to download the newest issues.

The Boomerang Book Club
If your teens would enjoy discussing the novels with other teens, check out our Boomerang Book Club. The Book Club tuition includes the Boomerang issues themselves (no need for separate purchase). Students are given access to a special folder in the online classroom and are guided in written conversation about the novels.

Photos: book titles for the year (August at the top, May at the bottom); printed-at-home copies of the product.

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Two types of subscriptions

You can pay monthly for $11.95.

Alternatively, if you'd like to look at our vast selection of single issues from previous years, purchase single issues of The Boomerang for $9.95.

Or you can purchase all 10 issues for 2015-16 (a complete year) at a discounted rate: $99.00 ($9.90/issue). Use the Add to Cart button below.

It takes approximately 24-48 hours to activate your year long subscription or your monthly subscription to The Boomerang.
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  • Age: 8th-10th grades, or any high school student interested in the literature.

    Format: PDF file, downloadable to any tablet or computer. Permission to print also included.

  • Download a Sample Issue (And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie)
    The Guidelines for The Boomerang (how to use it) are available with purchase of any issue of or subscription to The Boomerang, but are not included with the sample.

  • What is the Boomerang?

    The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. You may download a sample issue to view (and use!) by clicking on the “Download a Sample” button on the right.

    It is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context, using copywork and dictation. It is a language arts resource that equips you, the homeschooling parent, to fulfill your best intentions related to:

    • Spelling
    • Punctuation
    • Grammar
    • Literary elements
    • Quality living literature
    • Literary analysis

    The practices of copywork and dictation teach your children the fundamentals of written communication. These practices naturally facilitate the development of accurate mechanics in the context of quality literature (the best words, in the best style, accurately edited).

    The Skinny

    • Each month, the Boomerang features one classic novel to be read by the student.
    • Each week, it features a selected passage from that novel. The passages are accompanied by notes that detail spelling, punctuation, grammar and literary style elements found in the passage. These notes are designed to make it easy to pre-teach the passage (no advanced preparation necessary).
    • Each issue also provides Think Piece Questions that provoke deeper investigation of the novel’s themes, plot and characters. These questions are meant for both written and oral responses to provide students with the beginning of thoughtful literary analysis.
    • Each issue, students are reminded to keep a journal of favorite quotes from the novel. We call these Golden Lines. These are to be accompanied by thoughtful comments by the student.

    The Boomerang introduces literary analysis through the practice of guided freewriting. Before we expect kids this age to marry formats to insight, we give them a chance to explore a variety of aspects of each novel in writing without the pressure of essay writing. If you want to give your students a chance to produce a specific writing product in response to some of our selected novels, we offer literary analysis classes.

    How do I use the Boomerang?

    You and your child will read the passage out loud to hear the musicality of the language, to notice the correct use of apostrophes or semi-colons, to note new vocabulary and tricky spellings, to pay attention to the grammatical structure or the special dialog punctuation. The Boomerang supplies you with notes to help you notice what you might overlook in the passage. The Boomerang helps you identify why the writing works and is enjoyable to read, as well as highlighting excellent uses of punctuation or alliteration or description.

    After you’ve enjoyed the passage together, your child will either copy it into a copy book attempting to reproduce it exactly, paying close attention to all of the spelling and mechanical demands of the passage (copywork), or you will read the passage to your child and he or she will write it out onto a sheet of paper while listening to you, attempting to remember how to punctuate and spell the passage correctly (dictation). Copywork/dictation done about once a week over several years does more to increase your child’s ability to punctuate and spell correctly than any other practice I’ve ever run across.

    The French swear by it and use dictation from Kindergarten all the way through lyceé (high school). I had to take dictation in college when I attended a French university! One other benefit to a steady diet of copywork and dictation is that eventually your kids will be able to take clear notes during lectures in high school and/or college. They will have developed an ear for really listening to the words and writing them quickly as well as accurately. This skill (writing accurately and quickly) is especially valuable in timed essay writing—college admissions tests as well as in-class essay exams.

    Consistent copywork/dictation practice allows you, the home educator, to use quality literature to cover the aspects of writing that you care most about without the tedium of workbook sentences isolated from the context of real writing.

    The Boomerang can be paired with Help for High School, our writing manual for high school students, and is available for a discount in our Transition to Ownership Bundle.

    Alternatively, Boomerang students may enjoy a wide variety of our online classes for high school.

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