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Meet: Dart

Language arts for brand new readers and writers!

Covers the early essentials in grammar, punctuation, and spelling!

Even if you’ve never done copywork and dictation practice before . . .

We’ve got you—and your wee ones—covered!


  • A weekly passage selected from the novel for copywork and dictation

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

  • Playful grammar and punctuation activities that kids love

  • One simple writing exercise

  • Nine comprehension questions

  • 2–3 pages of book club party ideas

The Dart appears in our Beginning Writers Bundle and Growing Writers Bundle.
Find single issues of the Dart here.

All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.

    • 2021-2022 Read Aloud List

      August: The One and Only Bob (Katherine Applegate)
      September: Rickshaw Girl (Mitali Perkins)
      October: Skunk and Badger (Amy Timberlake)
      November: Peacemaker (Joseph Bruchac)
      December: Heartwood Hotel: A True Home (Kallie George)
      January: Wishtree (Katherine Applegate)
      February: Ways to Make Sunshine (Renée Watson)
      March: Julieta and the Diamond Enigma (Luisana Duarte Armendáriz)
      April: The Turtle of Oman (Naomi Shihab Nye)
      May: Nim's Island (Wendy Orr)

      Books are not included with purchase of the Dart.

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    • Age: ages 8–10

      Format: PDF files. Permission to print is included.
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      Download the sample here.

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

    • What is the Dart?

      The Dart is a program of ten month-long handbooks that pair with delightful read alouds.

      Each one teaches:

      • Copywork and dictation

      • Punctuation

      • Grammar

      • Spelling

      • Literary devices

      • Creative writing

      • Background information for the novel

      • Reading comprehension

      • Book club ideas

      Product Delivery

      • Each Dart is a digital PDF file that includes four weeks of instruction

      • New Darts are uploaded to a private folder on the first of each month

      • Login information is sent to the email address you provide at checkout

      • Login and download the Dart Guidelines (once) and the new Dart each month

      • Print or read on your device

      • Your purchase includes all ten Darts, which will publish one per month (August 2021-May 2022) and stay in the folder through 2023 

      Complete Program

      Dart is one part of Brave Writer’s three-part writing and language arts program:

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