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Survey of American Authors and Persuasive Writing

  • Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I cannot live without books.” With this quote in mind, this course will launch the student’s quest to read and understand a quality literature from the plethora of books written by American authors.

  • Class time will consist of group discussions, individual exercises, grammar usage, diagramming sentences, writing exercises, and quizzes.

  • Students will keep a reader’s journal, write  papers, complete weekly homework assignments, and take a final exam.

  • This course will be divided into two main parts during the hour and a half session.

    • The focus for Part One of the class will be discussion of the week’s reading assignment.

    • Part Two will focus on writing a persuasive essay following the tenets of the Lost Tools of Writing from the CIRCE Institute. In addition to writing, part two will also include a discussion of English Grammar.

  • American Literature is offered to high school students, grades 9-12.  Advanced 8th grade students may also enroll.

  •  Students earn 1/2 credit of High School English for this one-semester course. Parents are responsible for managing the transcript for their student.  The teacher will communicate the end-of-course grade within 2 weeks of the final class date.

  • Another one-semester course, for an additional 1/2 credit, will be offered in Spring 2021 at the same time.   Details regarding this spring class will be announced in October.

  • The class will meet on Thursdays from 10:00am until 11:30 am. Cost is $150. Sibling discount 10% of total.

  • Mrs. Manley's COVID-19 Policies are listed below.


Fall, 2020



Students must provide the following books; any edition is fine:
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Click here for syllabus:

​Mrs. Manley's COVID-19 Policies:

1.    Bristol Academy teachers are trying to keep everyone as safe as possible, but it is impossible to remove all risk.  Therefore, students assume risk by entering the classroom. 


2.    If you have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, stay home. This includes family members, friends, and co-workers. See this link for a definition of “Close Contact” and instructions on how long to Quarantine. 


3.    If you have ANY of the COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.  These symptoms are listed here and include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sudden loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea.


4.   Mask-wearing and social distancing are encouraged. 



Classroom set-up, activities, and exercises will adhere to social distancing guidelines (6ft apart minimum).   

Paper or Cloth masks will be worn in class until everyone is seated. Once everyone is seated 6ft away from students with whom they are not normally in contact, students may remove their masks.   

If a student does miss a class, I will work with students/parents to make sure that the student is caught up.


NOTE: Mrs. Manley will also follow these guidelines.  If the teacher or anyone in her household contracts COVID-19 or is otherwise required to quarantine, we will either have an in-person substitute teacher or class will be moved online and continue via Skype or Zoom. 

American Literature

   $150.00* - payable at registration

Mrs. Manley offers a 10% discount for multiple siblings taking her classes.

*Plus insurance and facilities fee.

See Registration page for details.

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