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The Boomerang is the monthly digital downloadable guide that features a classic or contemporary 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 nine discussion questions which are designed to enhance a student's comprehension of the novel's themes and construction through discussion and writing. The Boomerang is designed for children ages 13–16 (8th–10th grades) and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.
Each guide contains the following:
August: Short Stories with a Twist: The Diamond Necklace (Guy de Maupassant), The Gift of the Magi (O. Henry), An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Ambrose Bierce), and The Lady, or the Tiger? (Frank R. Stockton)
September: Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
October: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
November: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Emmuska Orczy)
December: A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
January: Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
February: March (John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell)
March: Wolf Hollow (Lauren Wolk)
April: Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
May: The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
We encourage you to review the books yourself to be certain that you are comfortable with the content before giving them to your children.
Each Boomerang publishes on the first of the month. If the Boomerang has been published, click on the link above to be directed to the single issue Boomerang in the Brave Writer shop for individual purchase (if preferred).
[For the guides that have not yet been published, we've provided Amazon affiliate links to the books themseleves. When you click on those links to make purchases, Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]
Check out the Boomerang Book Club!
It provides students with a chance to discuss the books with other students and a Brave Writer writing coach. If you register for the book club, the Boomerang guide for that month is included in the price of tuition.
We have previously published issues of the Boomerang available for individual purchase. Purchase Single Issues of the Boomerang here.
Age: Ages 13–16 (around 8th–10th grades), or any high school student interested in the literature. See the Pouch of Boomerangs for 6th-7th grades.
Format: PDF files, downloadable to your computer or laptop. Permission to print also included.
Download a Sample Issue (And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie)
The Boomerang Guidelines that explain how to use the Boomerang are included with each purchased issue, but are not available with the sample.
The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. You may look at (and use!) a sample issue by clicking on the “Sample” tab.
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:
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).
Brave Writer is unique on the market because we put such a strong emphasis on Literary Elements. These elements make writing pop. Your kids benefit from knowing how to use them in their own writing to be powerful writers.
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 semicolons, to note new vocabulary and tricky spellings, to pay attention to the grammatical structure or the special dialogue 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 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 is also featured in some Brave Writer Bundles:
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