Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Foundations of Literature & Composition

Instructor: Karyn Sisson

Description: Serving as the foundation of a college prep English track, this course will ground ninth and tenth grade students in the fundamentals of literature and academic writing. The literary component focuses on classic works across primary genres – short fiction, novels, and poetry – as students gain skills to effectively analyze both the structure and meaning of the selected literary works. Students will improve their writing as they learn to summarize, reflect, compare and contrast, analyze character development, determine theme, and cite evidence. Vocabulary work is derived from reading selections, and an emphasis is placed on using context clues. Quick grammar lessons, using Easy Grammar Ultimate Series, will provide review and practice that is essential for good writers!

Pre-Requisites: If you are currently enrolled in an English course at Bridge Academy, your current instructor or Alicia Collins can help determine the best English course to take next. If you are interested in this course, but you are not currently enrolled in an English course at Bridge Academy, please contact Alicia Collins at or Emily Kirtlan at to set up an appointment for completing a writing sample to determine placement. 

Required Texts:

Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons (Grade 9 Student Workbook)
Incident at Hawk's Hill (ISBN: 978-0316209489)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (ISBN: 978-0451527622)
Lord of the Flies (ISBN: 978-0399501487)
The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom (ISBN: 978-0553256697)

Copy/Supply fee: $35.00 (check written to Karyn Sisson due at Orientation or the first class) 

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

Karyn Sisson

B.A. in Business Administration 

Karyn graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. She has worked in the business world as a manager, a buyer, and a bookkeeper. In addition, she has experience in proofreading and editing for a textbook publisher. Karyn and her husband have three children and homeschooled for over twenty years. Her daughter and sons are now homeschool graduates, and by God’s provision, all three received full academic scholarships to college. Karyn has tutored and taught co-op classes in a variety of subjects at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She loves teaching students at Bridge Academy!

Courses Offered: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, English 3, Foundations of Literature, English through Short Stories