Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Foundations of Literature and Composition

Teacher: Karyn Sisson 


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 Karyn Sisson 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 2/27/2020

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!