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Basics in Literature and Composition

Moving from middle to high school English can be a giant leap! This class is designed to help bridge that gap. Student’s work will be focused on the writing process, beginning with strong sentences before moving on to well-organized paragraphs and essays. Students will explore both narrative and analytical writing. Grammar lessons will be targeted to class needs. Students will also read short stories, non-fiction works, and two novels, with our focus moving from reading comprehension to literary analysis as we progress through the year.

Created for 8th graders or students who need reinforcement in writing and literature skills prior to taking on more advanced English classes. Max of 14 students.


Required texts:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (ISBN 054792822X)
The Giver (ISBN 0544336267)

Copy/supply fee: $35 (paid directly to Mary Bergman at Orientation or the first class attended)
Annual tuition: $400.00 ($40.00/ month for 10 months, August – May or $45/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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