Bravery Essay Ideas For Middle School
Have you ever wished…
- To tap into stress-free writing formats and still help your kids prepare for academic writing?
- For completed writing projects to tuck into the homeschool notebook at the end of the year?
- For a less stressful way to tackle writing, the subject that always seems to slip to the bottom of the to-do list?
Middle School Writing Projects is designed to help you and your kids write across the curriculum in a supportive, gently directed environment. If you’re feeling a bit stymied for ideas or could use a helping hand in providing feedback and support in keeping writing projects on task, our Middle School Writing Projects four-week class can support you through the process.
This class is designed to help turn your children’s non-fiction knowledge and personal experiences into meaningful writing projects. Best of all, they are polished projects that look beautiful in homeschool portfolios.
From the initial stage of picking a topic and mini report format to stepping through revision and editing, your Middle School Writing Projects instructor offers warm, supportive, creative feedback that will walk your kids through the process with the project of your choice. Your children will pick the non-fiction writing project that suits (750 word limit, please) and the instructor will support you in helping your child succeed at completing it.
The end results will amaze and delight you both!
Choose from a variety of Middle School Writing formats:
- Newspaper article
- A “How-to” report
- One-Page Narration (with stylistic suggestions)
- Fact book
- PowerPoint/Keynote Presentation
What exactly are the benefits of participating in the Middle School Writing Projects class?
- Professional Feedback: Personal, positive teacher feedback will offer each student concrete steps to expand and strengthen current writing skills.
- Personal Achievement: Kids tap into their academic knowledge and real-life experiences to generate interesting non-fiction writing projects. Any source of interest can feed into the project—books read, movies watched, catalogs perused, recipes cooked, crafts constructed, photographs taken, pictures drawn, etc.
- Appropriate Pace: Students will create a writing project over a four-week period, meeting deadlines just like professional writers do. Each mini report project comes complete with weekly guidelines for successful completion. Manageable writing goals allow successful completion of projects with student willingness to revisit other mini report projects in the future.
- Community Support: Connect with other students in Brave Writer’s custom-designed online classroom that facilitates interaction, camaraderie, and support.
- Research Skills: Develop or fine tune research skills and learn how to properly identify credible sources.
- Across the Curriculum: Develops students’ abilities to hone skills in writing across the curriculum, narrowing their chosen subjects and determining subtopics.
- Critical Thinking: Expands students’ critical thinking and discriminatory skills: sorting through information (what is relevant, what is too much, what is not enough, what is specific enough…), and finding appropriate details to support questions (questions are just like assertions in expository writing, but in question form).
The structure of the class is as follows:
- Week One: Choosing the Project/Research
- Week Two: Freewriting/Drafting
- Week Three: Narrowing and Expanding
- Week Four: Publishing and Finding Readers
Help your child take a step toward writing independence by enrolling in this class. The instructor will interact directly with your child on the four-week project while you offer support as needed.
Discover how to take the drudgery of “reporting” and turn it into meaningful writing projects that will cause your young writers to grow as writers and researchers.
For more information about how the classes are run, please read about online classes.
Class Structure Description #
Brave Writer online classes are specially designed with the busy homeschooling parent in mind. Classes last anywhere from four to six weeks. We offer courses that address a specific writing need so that you can take the ones that suit your family throughout the school year. Short class sessions enable you to work around family vacations, out-of-town swim meets, recovering from wisdom teeth removal, and visits from grandparents. We operate on the quarter system, including a summer session. Our most popular classes repeat each quarter, while others are seasonal.
Our classes meet in a customized online classroom, designed specifically to meet the needs of Brave Writer. Only registered students and the instructor have access to the classroom to ensure your privacy. Assignments and reading materials are posted by Brave Writer instructors each week (no additional supply fees necessary, unless otherwise indicated). Either you (homeschooling parent) or your child (homeschooling student) will visit the classroom daily at your convenience to read helpful information about the current topic or to find the writing assignment. We operate "asynchronously" (which means that the discussion is not live, but that posted information remains available to you in your time zone at your convenience). Instructors check the classroom throughout the day to answer questions and give feedback on writing.
Writing is done at home and then typed into the classroom, and shared with both the instructor and other classmates. You're not required to be online at any specific time of the day. We have students from all over the world participating in our classes so "live" discussion is impossible. Instead, the online classroom enables the instructor to post information and assignments when it is convenient to the instructor. Then, when it is convenient for you, you come to the classroom and read the latest postings.
Instructor feedback to student writing is offered for all participants to read. Writing questions are welcomed and encouraged! That's the point of class. We aim to give you immediate support as you face writing obstacles.
Brave Writer takes seriously the need for encouragement and emotional safety in writing. No student is ever at risk of being humiliated or mistreated. All online dialog is respectful and supportive of your child's process. This is the core of Brave Writer philosophy. You can read about Brave Writer values here.
What makes our program especially unique in the world of online education is that we value a corporate experience. Rather than teaching your child in a tutorial format, we prefer students to have the opportunity to both publish their work for an audience (other students) and also to have the chance to read other student writing. In no other setting is this possible. Schools-in-buildings rarely have students read each other's work. Homeschooled children are rarely in a classroom environment to begin with, so the opportunity to read peer-writing is nil.
Our classes provide an utterly unique experience in the world of writing instruction. Since most writers grow through emulation of good writing, it is a real advantage to Brave Writer kids to get the chance to read the writing of their fellow home-educated peers. They love it! They get to examine and internalize other ways of writing, analyzing and expressing ideas similar to their own. They have the chance to validate and cheer on their peers. And of course, the best part of all is that they receive the praise and affirmation of kids just like them.
Not only that, all instructor feedback is posted to the classroom for all students to read. That means your kids get the benefit of instructor comments on many papers, not just their own. We've noted that this style of instruction is especially effective and hope you'll agree!
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What’s the toughest decision you ever made?
What have you forgotten?
If you were guaranteed the answer to one question, what would it be?
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What makes you nostalgic?
If you had two hours left on earth what would you do?
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Who makes you laugh more than anyone?
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What did your mother teach you?
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Best gift you ever received?
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What activity do you do that makes you feel most like yourself?
What makes you feel supported?
Whom do you secretly admire?
What time of the day do you feel the most energetic and what do you usually do in those moments?
What’s something you never leave home without?
What’s a recurring dream you have?
What makes you feel safe?
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you?
What do you want people to say about you once you’re gone?
What’s the coolest thing about science?
What’s the best money you ever spent?
What’s a bad habit you have?
What are you grateful for?
Whom are you envious of?
What’s an image you’ll never forget?
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If you had a clone, what would you have the clone do?
What’s your idea of Heaven?
What’s your idea Hell?
When did you know?
What can you do better?
When are you most yourself?
What superpower would you most like to have?
If you were granted three wishes, what would you do with the second wish?
What is your actual superpower?
If you won 100 million dollars, what would you buy first?
What's the best sound in the world?
What’s perfect about your life?
What song do you sing only when you’re alone and what memory does it bring back?
Describe a moment you were so embarrassed you wanted to disappear.
How many times a day do you think about money?
Who has been the biggest influence on you in your relationship to money?
What's one thing you're certain of?
Describe one of your colossal failures.
What makes you cringe?
What does your inner voice tell you?
What crime have you considered committing?
What's great about your mom?
What’s great about your dad?
Which day would you gladly re-live?
What are you awesome at?
What do you want people you meet for the first time to think about you?
When were you most afraid?
What are you terrible at but love to do anyway?
What weapon would you carry during the Zombie Apocalypse?
Which of your five senses would you keep if you could only keep one?
What’s something you love to make?
What do you cook better than anyone?
What do you wish you’d invented?
What would you like to invent?
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Where do you want to be right now?
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What’s the meanest thing someone has ever said to you?
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What is your greatest strength?
What is your worst weakness?
How do you show your love for others?
Why are you here in this room right now?
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What’s the biggest mistake you ever made?
What are you hiding?
What’s your unanswerable question--the question you seem to always be asking yourself?
What are you ashamed of?
What is stopping you?
What’s a secret you have?
How do you secretly manipulate people to get your way?
When was the last time you apologized?
What is the biggest lie you tell yourself?
What’s the moment you left childhood behind?
What's missing from your life?
Do you believe in a higher power?
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