Language Arts and Literature at Great Hearts

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Courses Core Curricular Documents & Course Overviews
Language Arts (K-2) Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Overviews
Language Arts (3-6) AZ | TX
Literature & Composition (6-8) Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Overviews

 Teacher Resource Portal

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Daily Lesson Outlines and more for Grammar & Writing, Literature, Phonics, and Poetry & Sayings for the following grades can now be found in the Teacher Resource Portal.


Phonics/Spelling Lesson Outlines 

All Phonics/Spelling Lesson Outlines are complete at least through Semester I for Grades K-5! New and veteran teachers alike are finding these daily lesson outlines to be very helpful.  



The following trainings and resources are available on the Teacher Resource Portal.

Principles of Teaching K-6 Literature ( Available in K, 1, and 2)


6-12 ELA PD (click here to self-enroll)

  • 6-12 ELA PD
    • 6-12 Writing – This module overviews the analytical 5-paragraph essay approach in addition to key topics in classical rhetoric.  Both areas are part of the 6-12 Writing Curriculum at Great Hearts.
    • Art of Imitation – This module introduces the pedagogical approach of writing by imitation.
    • Teaching Shakespeare – This module places Shakespeare within the Great Hearts curriculum, provides an overview of the different kinds of Shakespeare plays, as well as a summary of best practices for coaching and engaging students.
    • Building Better Readers – The purpose of this module is twofold: to describe the habits and virtues of the excellent reader—that is, what we hope our students will become – and to supply teachers will practical strategies to build better readers.
  • 6-8 Lit/Comp PD
    • Lit/Comp Overview – An overview of the Lit/Comp courses’ unique features and their role as a bridge between K-5 ELA curriculum and 9-12 Humane Letters curriculum.
    • Well-Ordered Language (Grades 3-8)
    • Adverbial Clauses – Explore advanced understandings of phrases and clauses, with a focus on adverbial clauses, that students encounter in Grades 6-8.
    • Finding Hope in Dark Texts – Reflect on approaches that guide readers to search for hope amid dark themes and imagery, such as those found in the literature curriculum in Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and Lord of the Flies.
  • 9-12 Humane Letters PD
    • Teaching Epic Poetry – Examine the nature of epic poetry and gain tools for teaching it well.
    • Elements of Tragedy – Explore the elements and essence of tragedy at an adult level before teaching it in the classroom.
    • Cultivating Seminar Culture – This module will provide teachers with a vision of a vibrant and hospitable seminar culture and supply teachers with practical tools and advice for nurturing their class community. Hear from several experienced, but different voices to demonstrate that a convivial seminar culture can be attained through various means and leadership personalities.
    • Speaking Well: Coaching Student Speaking and Presentation – Learn about the role of public speaking in the Great Hearts curriculum, reflect on elements that develop rhetorical power, and explore two kinds of forum lessons that develop specific kinds of skills in students.
    • Student Participation in Seminar – Examine a variety of ways for students to effectively participate in seminar and how to develop, track, and assess participation.

Courses in Development – Updates & Document Previews

While the curriculum and training are still being developed, you can preview the documents using the links provided here. (Coming Soon)

Grade 3 ELA In Development

Grade 5 ELA In Development

April 2022: Draft lesson outlines are now available for Literature and Grammar in grades 6, 7, and 8, with more coming soon! Check back often for more. Click on the course title to begin previewing the documents listed below.

Grade 6 Literature & Composition In Development

    • Grade 6 Lit/Comp Course Overview
    • Lesson Outline drafts available
      • Composition Unit 1-Descriptive Paragraph Lesson Outlines
      • Composition Unit 2-Multi-Paragraph Essay Lesson Outlines
      • Grammar Unit 2-Adverbial Elements Lesson Outlines
      • Grammar Unit 3-Adverbial Clauses Lesson Outlines
      • Grammar Unit 4-Reflexive Pronouns Lesson Outlines
      • Literature Unit 1-Shane Lesson Outlines
      • Literature Unit 2-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Lesson Outlines (partial)
      • Literature Unit 4-Anne of Green Gables

Grade 7 Literature & Composition In Development

    • Grade 7 Lit/Comp Course Overview
    • Grades 7-8 Lit/Comp List of PD Modules
    • Unit Guides
    • Lesson Outline drafts available
      • Composition Unit 1-Analytical Paragraph
      • Composition Unit 2-Multi-Paragraph Essay
      • Composition Unit 3-Multi-Paragraph Essay-Body
      • Grammar Unit 1-Review
      • Grammar Unit 2-Principal Elements and Modifiers
      • Grammar Unit 3-Predicate Verbs, Nominatives, and Adjectives
      • Grammar Unit 4-Prepositional Phrases
      • Literature Unit 1-Tales of the Greek Heroes Lesson Outlines
      • Literature Unit 2-The Miracle Worker
      • Literature Unit 5-Poe Short Stories

Grade 8 Literature & Composition In Development

Learn more about helping with remaining courses to be developed.

In the mean time, check out the additional resources available below!

Additional Teacher Resources

Here, you can find additional teaching resources such as example lesson plans and materials, old talks and Professional Development resources, or useful links and documents. You must be logged into your Great Hearts email address to access.


Spalding Resources

Resources for Spalding Phonics, Spelling, and Penmanship

ALL summer training resources can be found in the Spalding Course and K-2 lesson outlines can be found in their respective grade-level courses–all on the Teacher Resource Portal!


Manuscript Resources

Cursive Resources

Teaching Guides & Resources

Spalding Instructional Videos – Instructions for Ayres List Sections and Rule Pages

Ayres List for Automaticity – Flash Cards and Lists

Annotated Writing Road to Reading, Rules, and  Rule Pages

Mac & Tab Readers


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