Early English Boomerang Collection

From the Mead-Hall to the Drawing-Room

With this special collection of Boomerangs, we offer you a guided tour of some history-making classics of early English literature. No grouping of six works can cover the sweep of what took place in the art of the written word in England between the 11th and 19th centuries, but even though this is just a sprinkling, each of our selections secured a revered and enduring place for itself in the literary landscape of the English language. These works are titans—you will hear about them again and again throughout your life. They are sure to ignite your imagination!

The Early English Boomerang Collection: From the Mead-Hall to the Drawing-Room is comprised of six digital literature guides plus an introduction. You will receive all six issues at once. Or the issues can be purchased as single issues by clicking on the individual titles themselves. 

  • Age: 9th-12th grades; longer copywork passages, more mature themes of some of the books in the regular Boomerang program.

    Format: The six PDF issues come in a Zip File that can be downloaded to your computer. Click on the Zip File to extract each individual issue and save them to your computer or tablet. Permission to print also included.

  • Book List (books not included)

  • What is the Boomerang?

    The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product/literary companion that features copywork/dictation passages, grammar notes, and discussion questions related to a particular classic novel.

    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:

    • Spelling
    • Punctuation
    • Grammar
    • Literary elements
    • Quality living literature
    • Literary analysis

    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).

    The Skinny

    • Each month, the Boomerang features one classic novel to be read by the student.
    • Each week, it features a selected passage from that novel. The passages are accompanied by notes that detail spelling, punctuation, grammar and literary style elements found in the passage. These notes are designed to make it easy to pre-teach the passage (no advanced preparation necessary).
    • Each issue also provides "Think Piece" Questions that provoke deeper investigation of the novel’s themes, plot, and characters. These questions are meant for both written responses and conversation to facilitate rich literary analysis.
    • Each month, students are encouraged to select their favorite passgages from the book and to keep them in a special notebook. We call these "Golden Lines." These are to be accompanied by thoughtful comments by the student.

    How do I use the Boomerang?

    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 semi-colons, to note new vocabulary and tricky spellings, to pay attention to the grammatical structure or the special dialog 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.

    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 "Think Piece" Questions can be used throughout the month for discussion and/or writing. 

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