The Arrow


Wanted: Language Arts Coach

Available each month
Gives instructions in plain English
Can teach multiple children at a variety of skill levels
Covers the essentials in grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Has a sense of humor!

Meet: The Arrow

Our monthly missive is that good-natured coach for parents of 3rd-6th graders.

Each month, your cheerful language arts coach: 

  • Picks a slam-dunk read aloud
  • Selects four gorgeous passages for copywork and dictation
  • Offers expert, easy-to-understand notes for grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Leads fascinating book discussions
  • Plans book club parties so you don’t have to!

How it works 

  • Each Arrow is a digital PDF file that includes four weeks of language arts instruction
  • New Arrows are uploaded to a private folder on the first of each month
  • Check your email (once your purchase is complete) for login instructions
  • Download the Arrow(s) and the Arrow Guidelines at your convenience
  • Print or read on your device (you own them)
  • No matter when you purchase, you’ll have access to all 10 Arrows by May 2020
  • See the tab at bottom of page for in-depth Program Details.

2019-2020 program begins August 1, 2019.
Private Facebook support group included in purchase (opens August 1).

Arrow 2019-2020 Read Aloud List

Be sure to preview the books to ensure that you are comfortable with the content for your children.

August: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O'Brien)
September: The Wild Robot (Peter Brown)
October: Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Meg Medina)
November: Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)
December: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Karina Yan Glaser)
January: PIE (Sarah Weeks)
February: Stella by Starlight (Sharon Draper)
March: Book Scavenger (Jennifer Chambliss Bertman)
April: Bronze and Sunflower (Cao Wenxuan)
May: The Boy Who Saved Baseball (John H. Ritter)

Books are not included with purchase of the Arrow. 
Book list contains Amazon affiliate links. Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. 

Brand New Features

This year's 10-month Arrow program comes with brand new features:

  • Julie will be joining the Private Facebook Group to support your use of the program, offering comments and quarterly webinars for members only.
  • A new Arrow Skills Tracker checklist to help you box-checkers have a way to keep track of what you can do with the Arrow, for reassurance that you are doing "the right things."
  • A new Our Week with Arrow planner to help you plan your week with the Arrow and tailor the program to the needs and skills of your child. 

Check out the Arrow Book Club for students interested in online class discussion.

Find single issues of the Arrow here

All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.


  • Age: Ages 8–12 (around 3rd–6th grades)
    See the Quiver of Arrows for 1st–2nd grades.

    Format: PDF files, downloadable to your computer or tablet. Permission to print is included. See for good prices and quality printing.

  • Download a free Sample Issue (James and the Giant Peach)

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

  • What is the Arrow?

    The Arrow shows you, the homeschooling parent, how to bring language arts to life for your kids through living literature, using copywork and dictation.

    The Skinny

    • Each month, you’ll read aloud one novel to your children.
    • Each week, your children will write one passage from the novel (for copywork and/or dictation).
    • Each passage is accompanied by notes about spelling, punctuation, and grammar that help you confidently teach your kids.
    • Each Arrow highlights one literary element, such as assonance, alliteration, dialogue, onomatopoeia, powerful verbs, and rhyme.
    • Each literary element is accompanied by a quick writing activity that gives your kids a chance to play with the element in their own writing.
    • To dig a little deeper, Big Juicy Questions about the novel guide investigation of the book’s themes, plot, and characters.
    • Each Arrow includes an amazing list of Book Club Party Ideas.

    How do I use it?

    1. Read the Guidelines (separate download, included with purchase) before you begin.
    2. Read the first week’s passage and the accompanying notes.
    3. Investigate (orally) the passage with your children, highlighting the grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements.
    4. Give your children the opportunity to copy the passage or to write it from dictation.
    5. One of the weeks, explore the featured literary element and try the writing activity.
    6. By the end of the month, discuss some of the Big Juicy Questions and hold a book club party.

    How the Arrow fits into a Complete Writing Program

    The Arrow is one part of a three-part complete writing and language arts curriculum, meeting the need for instruction in writing mechanics and the reading and study of quality literature.

    A three-part Brave Writer writing program for 3rd-6th grades includes:

    1. A tool for literature and mechanics: punctuation, grammar, spelling, literary style. (Arrow)
    2. A tool that teaches the writing process for original writing (The Writer’s Jungle).
    3. A tool that supplies writing projects (assignments) that makes use of mechanics and original writing skills (Partnership Writing, OR Faltering Ownership; Online Classes)

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