For High School Literature, The Bridge employs a “whole book” approach that emphasizes studying classical literature through careful reading, specified vocabulary, and critical writing. It is our belief that students gain a richer literary experience through reading entire stories and books rather than an anthology.


Our American and British Literature classes offer a chronological survey of classical literature, utilizing an array of handpicked authors to represent the literary periods studied. Throughout the year, students learn the process of writing analysis papers on themes and literary elements of the books they are reading. Along with the included vocabulary and grammar, the completion of any one of our literature courses will fulfill the requirements for one credit in English.


*Parents, please note that some of the books students read in our two upper-level Literature courses contain and deal with mature topics, themes, and in some cases mature language. These issues will be dealt with from a Christian perspective and will prepare your student to address the themes of any book they are asked to read with a biblical worldview. All the novels, short stories, and poetry we have carefully chosen are considered classics and part of the canon of literature High School students should read to be a prepared college student. We look at books as “whole books,” which portray evil as evil and good as good, and good wins; “bent books,” which portray evil as good and we avoid them; and “broken books,” which portray evil as evil, but evil wins. We concentrate on healing stories, which can be whole or broken, but they profoundly move the reader to fix the evil. Please take into account the maturity of your student when registering for any class that reads, discusses, and writes about the elements and themes of literature. Please discuss any concerns with the tutor.