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 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 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)

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 

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 have been homeschooling for nineteen years.  Her daughter is in high school.  Her sons are now homeschool graduates, and by God's provision, both 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.

Also Teaching: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Basics in Literature