A Quiver of Arrows

For your young readers and writers!

Do you find that your new readers aren’t quite ready for multi-sentence passages in copywork and dictation?

Do you wish there were a mid-step between The Wand and The Arrow?

There is! We’ve taken Ten of the Best Loved Children’s Novels and written special Arrows just for your younger readers. These books are meant to be read to your children (the kids don’t have to be able to read them yet themselves). From these books, we've taken simple, short passages for copywork and dictation, including pages designed for French-style dictation* (a Brave Writer practice taught in the "Guidelines to the Quiver" as well as in Chapter 1 of The Writer’s Jungle).

A Quiver of Arrows is designed for 1st and 2nd grades. You will receive all ten issues at once. Or the issues can be purchased as single issues by clicking on the individual titles themselves. 

*French-style dictation is a modified dictation practice that isolates individual words for spelling in context (full explanation in the Guidelines for the Quiver).

The Quiver appears in our Jot it Down! Bundle and in our Two Product Package: The Writer's Jungle + A Quiver of Arrows.

  • Age: 1-2 grades; kids who are reading readers, needing easier copywork passages.

    Format: Each issue is an individual PDF file. The set of ten are delivered via email in a Zip File. Open the zip file by clicking on it, and then download each individual PDF to your computer or tablet/iPad. Permission to print is included.

  • Download a sample issue (Charlotte's Web, E.B. White).

  • Book List (books not included)

  • The Quiver Arrow is a digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud 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
    • Book Club Party Ideas

    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 Arrow features one classic novel to be read aloud to your children.
    • 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). Three of the four weeks, we feature a specific grammar element taught with creative exercises.
    • Each issue also highlights a literary element of the month. These are elements like assonance, alliteration, dialog, onomatopeia, powerful verbs, rhyme and more. Examples of the element are included in the issue and are taken from poetry, other novels or the novel featured in the Arrow.
    • Each literary element is accompanied by a writing tip or exercise that gives your kids a chance to play with the element in their own writing. The goal is to help kids notice quality writing and why it is successful. Then they can practice using the element so that eventually, they will naturally incorporate it into their original writing.

    Brave Writer is unique on the market because we put such a strong emphasis on Literary Elements. These elements make writing pop. Your kids need to know how to use them in their own writing to be powerful writers (far more than they need to learn formats).

    How do I use it?

    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 dialog punctuation. The Arrow supplies you with notes to help you notice what you might overlook in the passage. The Arrow 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). In the Quiver of Arrows, we include “French-Style Dictation” pages for each passage. This practice is a nice graduated step between copywork and full dictation. You’ll love it.

    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.

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