Meet: Slingshot

Language arts and literary analysis for college prep students!

Covers the essentials in literary analysis!

Even if your teen has never analyzed literature before...

We’ve got you—and your college-bound teens—covered!


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

  • Clear, effective instructions to teach writing elements found in the passages

  • Grammar and punctuation explained in context

  • Background details about the novel explored

  • Insight into literary devices

  • Nine comprehension questions

  • 2–3 pages of book club ideas

The Slingshot appears in our College Prep Writers Bundle.

Find single issues of the Slingshot here.

All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.

  • 2021-2022

    September: A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
    November: Braiding Sweetgrass (Robin Wall Kimmerer)
    January: The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
    March: The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
    May: Swing (Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess)

    Books are not included with purchase of the Slingshot.

    We encourage you to review the books yourself to be certain that you are comfortable with the content before giving them to your teens.

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

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  • Age: ages 15–18 (11th-12th grades)

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


  • What is the Slingshot?

    The Slingshot is a program of five month-long handbooks that pair with well-regarded novels.

    Product Delivery

    • Each Slingshot is a digital PDF file that includes four to eight weeks of instruction

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

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

    • Login and download the Slingshot Guidelines (once) and the new Slingshot each month of release

    • Print or read on your device

    • Your purchase includes all five Slingshots, which will publish one every other month (September 2021–May 2022) and stay in the folder through 2023

    Complete Program
    Slingshot is one part of Brave Writer’s two-part writing and language arts program:

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