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The Arrow is the monthly digital guide (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.
Each guide contains the following:
August: The Penderwicks at Last (Jeanne Birdsall)
September: Redwall (Brian Jacques)
October: Mary Poppins (P. L. Travers)
November: Journey to Jo'burg (Beverley Naidoo)
December: Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
January: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Eleanor Coerr)
February: Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (Dorothy Sterling)
March: Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh)
April: By the Great Horn Spoon! (Sid Fleischman)
May: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J. K. Rowling)
We encourage you to review the books yourself to be certain that you are comfortable with the content before giving them to your children.
The Arrows are published on the first of each month. If the Arrow has been published, click on the link above to be directed to the single issue Arrow in the Brave Writer shop for individual purchase.
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Check out the Arrow Book Club!
It provides students with a chance to discuss the books with other students and a Brave Writer writing coach. If you register for the book club, the Arrow for that month is included in the price of tuition.
We have previously published issues of the Arrow available for purchase. Purchase Single Issues of the Arrow here.
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.
The Arrow is a monthly digital downloadable guide 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.
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:
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).
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).
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 dialogue 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, you can explore it in one of four ways: copywork, French-style dictation, dictation, or reverse dictation. (Each of these practices is explained in the Arrow guidelines that accompanied your Arrow download.) 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:
All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.