Crispin: The Cross of Lead


The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is geared toward 8th to 10th graders (ages 12—advanced, 13-15) and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This issue comes from the early years of Brave Writer’s Boomerangs so it isn’t quite as robust as more current titles (that’s why the lower price). It’s an oldie but still a goodie!

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary elements
  • 8 Think Piece questions
  • Golden Lines prompt
  • 5 pages
  • Original Publication Date: September 2009

About the book

In 1377 A.D. England, a 13-year-old boy, known only as Asta's son, lives as a peasant in the small village of Stromford. [After his mother dies] Asta's son is left alone, as he has no other known relatives. [Falsely accused of theft], Asta's son turns to the village priest, Father Quinel, his only friend, who gives him a cross of lead that belonged to his mother, and reveals that his true name is Crispin. Father Quinel promises to reveal to Crispin the truth of who his father was, but before he can, [he is murdered], forcing Crispin to flee the village by himself.―Wikipedia

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