Wanted: Language Arts Coach

Available each month
Gives instructions in plain English
Can teach multiple children at a variety of skill levels
Covers the essentials in grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Has a sense of humor!

Meet: Arrow

Our monthly missive is that good-natured coach for parents of 4th–6th graders.

Each month, your cheerful language arts coach:

  • Picks a slam-dunk read aloud
  • Selects four gorgeous passages for copywork and dictation
  • Offers expert, easy-to-understand notes for grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Leads fascinating book discussions
  • Plans book club parties so you don’t have to!

How it works

  • Each Arrow is a digital PDF file that includes four weeks of language arts instruction
  • New Arrows are uploaded to a private folder on the first of each month
  • Check your email (once your purchase is complete) for login instructions
  • Download the Arrow Guidelines anytime after purchase
  • Download the released Arrows at your convenience anytime after August 1
  • Print or read on your device (you own them)
  • No matter when you purchase, you’ll have access to all 10 Arrows by May 2022
  • See the tab at bottom of page for in-depth Program Details.

2021-2022 program begins August 1, 2021. 

Arrow 2021-2022 Read Aloud List

Be sure to preview the books to ensure that you are comfortable with the content for your children.

August: Amari and the Night Brothers (B. B. Alston)
September: Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories (Leon Garfield)
October: Before the Ever After (Jacqueline Woodson)
November: Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids (edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith)
December: The Lion of Mars (Jennifer L. Holm)
January: Front Desk (Kelly Yang)
February: Becoming Muhammad Ali (James Patterson & Kwame Alexander)
March: The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (Karina Yan Glaser)
April: Show Me a Sign (Ann Clare LeZotte)   
May: Midsummer’s Mayhem (Rajani LaRocca)

Books are not included with purchase of the Arrow.

Book list contains Amazon affiliate links. Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you.

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The Arrow appears in our Growing Writers Bundle and our Middle School Writers Bundle

Find single issues of the Arrow here.

Check out the Arrow Book Club for students interested in online class discussion. 

All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.

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  • Age: Ages 11–12

    See the Dart for ages 8–10.

    Format: PDF files, downloadable to your computer or tablet. Permission to print is included. See for good prices and quality printing.

  • Download a free sample here

    The Arrow Guidelines are included with each purchased issue but are not available with the sample.

  • What is the Arrow?

    The Arrow shows you, the homeschooling parent, how to bring language arts to life for your kids through living literature, using copywork and dictation.

    The Skinny

    • Each month, you’ll read aloud one novel to your children.
    • Each week, your children will write one passage from the novel (for copywork and/or dictation).
    • Each passage is accompanied by notes about spelling, punctuation, and grammar that help you confidently teach your kids.
    • Each Arrow highlights one literary device, such as assonance, alliteration, dialogue, onomatopoeia, powerful verbs, and rhyme.
    • Each literary device is accompanied by a quick writing activity that gives your kids a chance to play with the element in their own writing.
    • To dig a little deeper, Big Juicy Questions about the novel guide investigation of the book’s themes, plot, and characters.
    • Each Arrow includes a Book Club Party Ideas section to help you celebrate the book.

    How do I use it?

    1. Read the Guidelines (separate download, included with purchase) before you begin.
    2. Read the first week’s passage and the accompanying notes.
    3. Investigate (orally) the passage with your children, highlighting the grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary devices.
    4. Give your children the opportunity to copy the passage or to write it from dictation.
    5. One of the weeks, explore the featured literary device and try the writing activity.
    6. By the end of the month, discuss some of the Big Juicy Questions and hold a book club party.

    How the Arrow fits into a Complete Writing Program

    The Arrow is one part of a three-part complete writing and language arts curriculum, meeting the need for instruction in writing mechanics and the reading and study of quality literature.

    A three-part Brave Writer writing program for ages 11–12 includes:

    1. A tool for mechanics and literature: punctuation, grammar, spelling, literary style. (Arrow)
    2. A tool that teaches the writing process for original writing (The Writer’s Jungle).
    3. A tool that supplies writing projects (assignments) that makes use of mechanics and original writing skills (Partnership Writing or Faltering Ownership; Online Classes)

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