The Slingshot guides teens in literary analysis of classic and contemporary literature.

Even if your teen has never analyzed literature before. . . We’ve got you—and your college-bound teens—covered! 

Our year-long program includes five month-long lesson plans.

Each handbook is based on a novel and immerses your teen in the world of:

  • literary analysis
  • historical context
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • and book club parties

Each handbook contains:

  • Detailed notes to establish the context of the novel (book not included)

  • Four passages taken from the novel for copywork and dictation

  • Easy-to-follow instructions to teach writing elements found in the passages

  • Examination of grammar and punctuation

  • Additional notes that go beyond the passage

  • Nine "think piece" questions—for discussion and writing

  • Book club party ideas

  • Copywork passages on separate printable pages

  • Four-color design that looks gorgeous on tablets or printed at home

The Slingshot program comes with Guidelines to help you implement copywork and dictation practices, as well as a planning tool and a writing skills tracker to help you stay attuned to your teen's progress.

Start any time by selecting one of the lists below from the drop-down menu when you add to cart. Enjoy the five Slingshots in any order.  


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Swing by Kwame Alexander

We encourage you to review the books yourself to be certain that you are comfortable with the content before giving them to your teens.

Delivery: After purchase, the Slingshots are available in your Brave Writer online account. Each handbook (40-50 pages) is a non-consumable PDF and can be used with multiple teens—no need to purchase additional copies.

Want a print copy? Go to the front of the line at the Homeschool Printing Company with a special Brave Writer offer. Order here

Note: The Slingshot is one part of the College Prep Writers Bundle

Charter School: If you want to purchase through a charter school and your funds come in July, you may use the following code on your PO to get the June deal: JUN2425BLH

All products are digital and downloadable. All sales are FINAL. No refunds.

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