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Basics in Literature & Composition

This high school level course is designed for students who need reinforcement in the basic elements of literary analysis and academic writing. The students will be guided through the reading selections as we discuss the structure, elements, and meaning of literature. Writing assignments are based on our required reading. Quick grammar lessons will provide review and practice that is essential for good writers!


Required texts:
Grammar for Writing (Blue) – copies available for loan from Bridge Academy library (ISBN 978-1421711096)
Required Novels:
A Day of Pleasure by Isaac B. Singer (ISBN 0374416966)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (ISBN 054792822)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman (144247243X)

Copy/supply fee: $20 (paid directly yo Mary Bergman at Orientation or the first class attended)
Annual tuition: $420.00 ($42.00/ month for 10 months, August – May or $48/month if prorated or on a 9-month payment plan)


Mary Bergman

B.A. English

Mary’s lifelong love of great books led her to pursue a degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation she attended the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After marrying a handsome Marine officer, she moved to Hawaii, Louisiana, and South Carolina before settling in Richmond. Homeschooling her three children over the last 20 years has been one of her greatest joys and biggest challenges. In addition to teaching her own children, Mary has taught in private schools, homeschool academies and churches. Most recently she has been serving as the Elementary Education Director at her church.

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