The Arrow

Monthly language arts support shot into your home each month!

2017-2018 Book List will be revealed Monday May 22, 11:30 AM Eastern on Facebook Live. Join me!

The Arrow is the monthly digital product (like a magazine) that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (novels listed below, not included with purchase). The Arrow is designed for children ages 8-11 (3rd - 6th grades) and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

2016-2017 Book List 

August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

Always review the books yourself and be certain that you are okay with the contents before giving them to your children.

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How it works

  • You will receive ten digital literature guides that are released on the first day of each month from August 2016-May 2017.
  • You will receive all ten by May no matter what month you purchase The Arrow.
  • Within 48 hours of your purchase (after August 1, 2016), a Brave Writer administrator will create a username and password for you so that you may login into the folder that houses The Arrow.
  • You will return to that folder each month to pick up your digital downloads.

Photos: book titles for the year (August at the top, May at the bottom); printed-at-home copies of the product.

For kids who enjoy talking about books: 
Check out the Arrow Book Club.


Year Long Subscription

Purchase all 10 Issues for 2016-2017 for a reduced per issue price.

No matter which month you purchase the Year Long Subscription, you will have access to all ten issues from August 2016 through May 2017. These monthly guides are published on the first of each month.

$79.00 for all 10 ($7.90/issue)

Regular price: $9.95 per issue

Use the Add to Cart button below.

If you prefer to purchase single issues of the Arrow (already published issues), visit our Arrow Single Issues page.

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  • Age: 3rd-6th grades. Works well for kids who are reading fluently and are able to handwrite without struggle.

    Format: PDF files, downloadable to your computer or laptop. Permission to print also included.

  • Download a Sample Issue (James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl)

    The Arrow Guidelines that explain how to use The Arrow are included with each purchased issue, but are not available with the sample.

  • What is the Arrow?

    The Arrow is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. You may look at (and use!) a sample issue by clicking on the “Download a Sample” button on the right.

    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

    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 semi-colons, 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). I had to take dictation in college when I attended a French university! One other benefit to a steady diet of copywork and dictation is that eventually your kids will be able to take clear notes during lectures in high school and/or college. They will have developed an ear for really listening to the words and writing them quickly as well as accurately. This skill (writing accurately and quickly) is especially valuable in timed essay writing—college admissions tests as well as in-class essay exams.

    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 Arrow is featured in two Brave Writer Bundles:

    Partnership Writing Bundle

    Faltering Ownership Bundle


All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.

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