25+ Free Brave Writer Resources

Our favorite homeschool writing program is Brave Writer. Check out these free resources to support your language arts and literature studies!

We’ve been a Brave Writer family for several years now. Freewriting, narrations, poetry teatime, and the whole Brave Writer Lifestyle have had such an impact on our family. Of course, I highly recommend any of their products.

However, if you want to give them a test drive first, they have some wonderful free samples available – the kind of free samples that really provide benefit on their own, not just a peek at the table of contents or a few paragraphs that are cut short before you get to the good stuff.

I’ve also given you a bit of a breakdown of how these products are related to each other so you can see how the Brave Writer framework, well, works!

Our favorite homeschool writing program is Brave Writer. Check out these free resources to support your language arts and literature studies!

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Show Me the Way

The core of the Brave Writer program is “The Writer’s Jungle” by Julie Bogart. It isn’t so much a curriculum as a philosophy and approach to teaching writing in your homeschool – a coaching manual for the parent.

The free sample (here) includes the complete introduction – a wonderful summary of what Brave Writer is all about – and Chapter 5, which gives ideas and strategies for approaching reluctant writers and writing projects gone wrong!

Break it Down for Me

The Writer’s Jungle includes lots of ideas for writing projects and lessons. This idea is extended and fleshed out in four collections geared towards a few of what Brave Writer calls the “Natural Stages of Writing” (find a summary of each stage of writing on the Brave Writer Home Page. They are covered in more depth in Chapter 14 of The Writer’s Jungle):

Jot it Down! (ages 5-8) Free Sample  - includes an overview of a year of study incorporating Language Arts, Oral Language, and Writing Projects; one Language Arts practice, two Oral Language activities, and two complete Writing Projects are in the free sample!

Partnership Writing (ages 9-10) Free Sample - includes an overview of a year of study incorporating Language Arts, Oral Language, and Writing Projects; sample schedule for various seasons of the year; one Oral Language practice, and three Writing Projects included in free sample!

Faltering Ownership (ages 11-12) Free Sample - includes an overview of a year of study incorporating Language Arts, The Arrow, and The Brave Writer Lifestyle; one Brave Writer Lifestyle practice and three Writing Projects are included in free sample!

Help for High School Free Sample – includes a complete module from Part 1 helping high school writers to examine the difference between oral communication and written description with a helpful acronym and a word play activity.

For more writing guidance, check out this lesson on freewriting.

If you want writing prompts to use for Friday Freewrite (on Fridays or any day of the week) check this huge archive of over 300 topics here on the blog.

Need to jumpstart (or re-start) a writing program in your homeschool? Perhaps you need a little jolt of enthusiasm! Try the 7-Day Writing Blitz and take writing off the page!

What about revising those rough drafts? Take this workshop on Wacky Revision Tactics!

Now the Nuts and Bolts

So how do you focus on spelling, mechanics, and literary elements with the Brave Writer program? This program doesn’t include your typical scope-and-sequence workbook type grammar exercises. Instead, your family will encounter and use these elements in the context of quality family read alouds!

Upper elementary and middle school students will use The Arrow guides. Late middle schoolers and high schoolers use the Boomerang guides. Arrow and Boomerang guides include four weeks worth of copy work. For each copywork passage, suggested spelling/vocabulary words are included, as well as mechanical or literary elements to note. The newer guides also include discussion questions.

You can try a free Arrow to go along with “James and the Giant Peach” or, a free Quiver of Arrows (slightly simpler for younger students) with “Charlotte’s Web”Find both of these free guides here.

The free Boomerang is “And Then There Were None” and the free Pouch of Boomerangs title (for late middle school, early high school) is “The Master Puppeteer”Find both of these free guides here.

Brave Writer has also created The Wand designed specifically for K-1. You can check out a free sample here.

Get a running head start with the free webinar Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Copywork and Dictation.

Want a little more guidance and information? Download these 5 Tips for Working Memory and Copywork.

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Sprinkle Some Pixie Dust

The Brave Writing lifestyle is really a whole way of thinking about the homeschool environment – home and family. One of the most popular elements of that lifestyle is Poetry Teatime. Brave Writer provides a free Poetry Teatime Quick Start Guide.

Also, this post includes a ton of links to all kinds of free activities and ideas on the Brave Writer blog for “enchanted learning”.

Try out this art appreciation workshop. Or this printable list of books for raising globally aware kids.

Don't Forget Mama

And finally, Brave Writer is rich with homeschool mama support and encouragement! I highly recommend Julie Bogart’s “A Gracious Space” books. Each one is a collection of short thoughts and reflections to begin your day. You can download the first five entries in each edition for free at the respective pages for:

A Gracious Space Fall

A Gracious Space Winter

A Gracious Space Spring

One of the things I’ve found most encouraging is listening to Julie chat with us mamas right from her heart about life in the trenches of homeschooling. You can check out an archive of her Periscope live talks, listen to her Podcasts, and check the Brave Writer YouTube Channel for more encouraging  videos!

One of my favorite Periscopes ever was this one on the natural stages of growth in a homeschool (mom)!

What's Next?

If you’ve tried some of the above and you think Brave Writer is a good fit for your family, here are two posts that will help you to think more about the various pieces of the Brave Writer Curriculum and how they fit together.

How Writing is Like Sewing

Which Writing Product?

 I hope you’ve found this guide helpful. Feel free to share it with others who may be interested in a quick overview of Brave Writer as well!

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  • Thanks so much for sharing all these resources. I purchased a big whopper of a (not BW) writing curriculum in the summer for my son, and while I am happy with it so far, I am just falling in love with everything Julie Bogart has to say and becoming more and more convinced that she is on to something!! I cannot justify purchasing a whole new program right now, so I am thrilled to get a few free or cheap resources from Brave Writer to try before committing to anything big. Thanks again for this great list!

    • You’re welcome, LeAnn! Honestly, Brave Writer is so much more than a writing program – it’s a way of thinking about writing (actually about all of homeschooling in general) so you can take what you’re absorbing from BW and use it to adapt, enrich and support whatever you might be doing with the other program. Hopefully it will give you the power and freedom to use what you like and skip or replace the rest!