Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Foundations of Literature and Composition

Teacher: Julia Poynter (


Serving as the foundation of a college prep English track, this course intends to ground students in the basics of literature study and academic writing. The literary component focuses on classic and significant works across primary genres – short fiction, novel-length fiction, poetry, and drama – with the content of the writing component tied to the literary works. The mechanical considerations of writing focuses 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 excellent whole paragraphs via the claim, evidence, analysis model.

Required Texts:  
Easy Grammar Plus workbook
The Scarlet Pimpernel 
Julius Caesar
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Lord of the Flies

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 your student enrolling in this course and your student is currently enrolled at Bridge Academy, they may see Alicia Collins to complete and submit their writing sample during Bridge Academy regular hours at their convenience. If you wish your student to take this course but they are not enrolled at Bridge Academy, please contact Alicia Collins at to set up an appointment to have your student complete and submit their 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 $45.56/month if prorated)

revised 7/23/2020

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 and assisting homeschool families.