Bridge Academy

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Foundations of Literature and Composition

Course Description: Serving as the foundation of a college prep English track, this course will ground students in the fundamentals of literature study and academic writing. The literary component focuses on classic and significant works across primary genres – short fiction, novel-length fiction, and poetry – with the content of the writing component tied to the literary works. The mechanical considerations of writing focus on the practice and polish of solid, diction-specific sentences and paragraphs. The goal is for students to internalize the structure of writing excellent individual sentences and building them into strong paragraphs and essays via the claim, evidence, analysis model.

Pre-Requisites: Because we want our students to have an experience that allows for their writing skills to be taken to the next level, a writing sample is required for placement into any high school level English course. If you are interested in enrolling your student in this course and your student currently attends Bridge Academy, see Alicia Collins to complete and submit a writing sample during Bridge Academy regular hours. If you would like your student to take this course but they are not enrolled at Bridge Academy, please contact Alicia Collins at to set up an appointment for completing and submitting a writing sample. 

Copy/Supply fee: $35.00 (check written to Julia Poynter due at Orientation by 9/1/2020) 

Annual tuition: $410.00 ($41.00/month for 10 months, August – May or $46/month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)

revised 2/15/2020

Required Texts:

Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons (Grade 9 Student Workbook)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (ISBN: 978-0451527622)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (ISBN: 978-1678625733)
Lord of the Flies (ISBN: 978-0399501487)
Julius Caesar 

Julia Poynter

B.S. in Public Health

Julia is a former Bridge Academy student who was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. She is recently married, and she and her husband live in Midlothian, Virginia. She knows what it takes to successfully homeschool, and she earned a full academic scholarship to college. In three years, Julia earned her degree from Liberty University, completing the requirements of the Honors Program and graduating summa cum laude. During her college years, she worked as an intern for the Communications Coordinator at Richmond City Health District. Additionally, she worked for Central Virginia Health District in the Population Health department. Julia has considerable experience in tutoring, editing, and working with children. She was an English major before switching her degree to Public Health. Julia loves academics and has a hard time picking her favorite subject. She is excited to be back at Bridge Academy, assisting homeschool families. 

Classes: Foundations of Literature and Composition, British Literature with Composition and Anatomy & Physiology