Note: The 2024-2025 Slingshot program detils will be announced on May 31. Register for the Slingshot book reveal here.

See our Special Offer happening only in June!

The Slingshot guides teens in literary analysis of classic and modern literature.

Even if your teen has never analyzed literature before. . . We’ve got you—and your college-bound teens—covered! 

Our year-long program is delivered in five month-long lesson plans, released every other month. Start any time. Enjoy the published Slingshots in any order. You will receive all five by April 2024. 

2023-2024 book list: 

August: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
October: Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
December: Animal Farm by George Orwell
February: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
April: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Find links to purchase the books under the "2023-2024 Programs" tab on the Literature Singles spreadsheet.

Swap one! This year, when you purchase the year-long program, you can swap one handbook in the program for a handbook in the Literature Singles collection. We'll notify you via email when the swap form is available (July 1).

Each handbook is based on a novel and immerses your teen in the world of:

  • literary analysis
  • historical context
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • and book club parties

Each handbook contains:

  • Detailed notes to establish the context of the novel (book not included)

  • Four passages taken from the novel for copywork and dictation

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

  • Examination of grammar and punctuation

  • Additional notes that go beyond the passage

  • Nine "think piece" questions—for discussion and writing

  • Book club party ideas

  • Copywork passages on separate printable pages

  • Four-color design that looks gorgeous on tablets or printed at home

The Slingshot program comes with guidelines to help you implement the practices of copywork and dictation, as well as a planning tool and a writing skills tracker to help you stay attuned to your teen's progress.

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.

The Slingshot is delivered to your Brave Writer online account every other month on the 15th. Each handbook is four-color, about 40-50 pages, is a non-consumable PDF, and can be used with multiple children (no need to purchase additional copies).

Want a print copy? Go to the front of the line at the Homeschool Printing Company with a special Brave Writer offer. Order here

Note: The Slingshot is one part of the College Prep Writers Bundle

All products are digital and downloadable. All sales are FINAL. No refunds.

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