Bring history to life. #

Calamity, coincidence and courage all unite in Rebellious History.

This content-driven class will center around rebellions and their place in history. We’ll dive deep into the juicy details, the triumphs and trials of the past.

Students will choose a movement and investigate:

  • How does a rebellion start?
  • Does rebellion unfold following predictable patterns?
  • How does a rebellion survive/not get quashed? What grows the rebellion?
  • Does a story of a rebellion shift depending on who is recounting their experience?
  • What is the lasting impact of a rebellion? How can it turn out?

Bring history and writing skills together.

Add Brave Writer’s approach to a topic like history and you get an exponential amount of learning.

In this class, students will practice:

  • Researching credible sources effectively
  • How to use oral narration to revise
  • Organizing their work via storyboards and other aids
  • Learning about digital literacy
  • Writing elements that inform and engage

    Bring history out of the past. #

    Did you know that history as a subject is being consumed at a larger scale than ever before? Not in textbooks, not in school. Enthralling history-based podcasts are up 400% with millions of downloads.

    Today’s curious minds are tapping into learning in new ways.

    This class meets students where they are—online. No textbook required. Just a pair of headphones and a computer microphone. We’ll sample podcasts about history and students will write a podcast of their own, complete with show notes. Now that’s a portfolio-worthy project!

    High School Writing: Rebellious History is an excellent follow-up class to High School Writing: History Lab. You won’t want to skip over History Lab! It lays the foundation in historical thinking needed for all history research projects. Start there, and take this class next!

    Engage your kids in the past with history’s most daring exploits.

    For more information about how the classes are run, please read about online classes.

    To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.

    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!

    To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.