The Arrow

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Monthly language arts support shot into your home each month!

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:

  • Four copywork/dictation passages
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary device notes
  • A writing activity
  • Nine discussion questions
  • Book Club Party ideas
  • Access to the Private Facebook Group to discuss how you implement the Arrow

2018-2019 Book List 

AugustThe Penderwicks at Last (Jeanne Birdsall) 
SeptemberRedwall (Brian Jacques) 
OctoberMary Poppins (P. L. Travers) 
NovemberJourney to Jo'burg (Beverley Naidoo) 
DecemberBecause of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo) 
JanuarySadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Eleanor Coerr) 
FebruaryFreedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (Dorothy Sterling) 
MarchHarriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh) 
AprilBy the Great Horn Spoon! (Sid Fleischman) 
MayHarry 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.

[The above book list contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases, Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

How it works

  • You will receive 10 digital literature guides that are released on the first day of each month from August 2018-May 2019.
  • It is up to the parent to obtain a copy of the book.
  • You will receive all ten by May no matter which month you purchase the Arrow.
  • New subscribers will be added to the website private folder where you will download your Arrows and have access to all Arrows that have been released in the 2018–2019 year.
  • Login to the folder each month to retrieve the latest issue.
  • See the tab at the bottom of this page for in-depth Program Details.

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.

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    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 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:

    • 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 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 guide also highlights a literary element of the month. These are elements like assonance, alliteration, dialogue, onomatopoeia, powerful verbs, rhyme, and more. Examples of the element are included in the issue and are taken from 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.
    • Each guide also provides nine Big Juicy Conversation discussion questions that provoke deeper investigation of the novel’s themes, plot, and characters.
    • Each guide features Book Club Party School ideas to help you wrap up the month with food, fun, and lively discussion. 

    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 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:

    Partnership Writing Bundle

    Faltering Ownership Bundle

    All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.


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