Writing mechanics and literary analysis learned through living literature
At Brave Writer, we teach the mechanics of writing—grammar, punctuation, spelling, literary devices—through living literature. Copywork and dictation exercises taken from passages of high-quality, age-appropriate read-alouds form the backbone of our Mechanics & Literature program.
Our Boomerang book selections are aimed at 13-14-year-olds—early high school. (Keep in mind, however, that these age recommendations are only very loose guidelines.) Each year, Brave Writer selects ten new Boomerang titles to be a part of the current year's subscription. Boomerangs are released on the 15th of each month between July and April of that school year—ten issues in all. August's issue is released on July 15, September's issue is released on August 15, and so on. Once the titles are released, they become available for purchase on the Literature Singles page on the first of the month. Boomerang titles from previous years remain available on the Literature Singles page.
At this level, many students do prefer to read the books on their own. That's fine! We only recommend that the parent read the book along with their student in order to be able to engage in meaningful discussions.
The Boomerang are highly adaptable to a range of ages and stages of writing development. The copywork and dictation passages are easily shortened or expanded to accommodate a child's ability, and the content of grammar explanations doesn't vary greatly across the levels. Choosing the books that will capture your kids' interest is the key to success with these products!