Grammar Resources

My kids don't like grammar to begin with, you might be thinking. How am I supposed to get them to do even more of it?

While it's true that grammar isn't usually a favorite subject, it's also true that it's one of the most foundational. Until the nineteenth century, most education was focused primarily on grammar and the language arts, and even today this method is enjoying something of a revival with the interest in Classical education. Understanding language is so essential because it's the way all other knowledge is transmitted and received.

Grammar in particular reveals the way language works. The rules of English regulate its use so that communication becomes intelligible, so that we can understand each other. Kids need to know this so they can A) understand what they read and hear, and B) make themselves understandable to others.

Few of them will want to do this initially, but the more they understand the easier it'll become. Grammar resources can help them reach the "second-nature" stage, and make a normally boring and difficult study fun and interesting. There's no law that says grammar needs to be boring, or that creative methods of teaching it should be avoided.

Ruth Heller's World of Language books are a great place to start with younger students; each slim volume is beautifully and brightly illustrated, and introduces parts of speech and their usage. Grammar Songs gives kids catchy ditties to help them remember the essentials of noun-verb agreement, irregular verbs, punctuation, etc. (These songs can get pretty annoying real fast, but they do the job!)

For older students, E.B. White and William Strunk's The Elements of Style offers a laugh-out-loud funny guide to how to use (and how not to use) language in writing. A classic immediately on its publication, this is still among the standard texts for college students and creative writers. On the more straightforward side, 501 English Verbs is exactly what it sounds like, offering conjugations of the most common verbs in English. And these are just a couple options: good grammar resources are widely available.

None of the books offered here are comprehensive enough to be used in place of a grammar curriculum. They are, however, an excellent way to supplement and generate interest in an often overlooked or hated subject. In addition, we encourage parents not to express distaste for grammar study; kids often simply reflect the attitude they learn from mom and dad, so if you're enthusiastic, they likely will be as well.

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501 English Verbs
by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr., Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$18.99
Antonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$9.99
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
by Jane Straus with Lester Kaufman & Tom Stern
11th edition from Jossey-Bass
for 6th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$16.95
Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
1st edition from New World Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$14.00
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Caught'ya!
by Jane Bell Kiester
3rd edition from Maupin House Publishing
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Checking Your Grammar
Scholastic Guides
by Marvin Terban
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Checking Your Grammar
by Marvin Terban
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Chortling Bard
by Jane Bell Kiester
from Maupin House Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier
by Bonnie Trenga
from Writer's Digest
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$7.00 (2 in stock)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss
from Putnam Juvenile
for 2nd-6th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
English Grammar Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Language Arts Flippers (Location: BLG-FLP)
$9.95 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Enough About Grammar
by Joe Floren
from Twain Productions
for 4th-10th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Everything You Need to Know About English Homework
by scholastic
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$4.50 (4 in stock)
Everything You Need to Know About English Homework
by Anne Zeman, Kate Kelly
2nd edition
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Explore Language Series
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$57.52
Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99
Figures of Speech
by Arthur Quinn
from Hermagoras Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$21.00 (2 in stock)
Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper
by Loreen Leedy
1st edition from Holiday House
for 2nd-5th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar in Plain English
by Harriet Diamond, Phyllis Dutwin
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Grammar Songs - Book
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$3.00 (5 in stock)
Grammar Songs - DVD
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$15.00
Grammar Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$22.95
Grammar Works
by Jay W. Patterson
from Holly Hall Publications
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: B15-02C)
$25.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar-Land
by M. L. Nesbitt
from Yesterday's Classics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: A11-02C)
$8.95
Handbook of Grammar & Composition
by James A. Chapman
5th edition from A Beka Books
for 7th-12th grade
in A Beka Grammar & Writing (Location: B15-05E)
Handbook of Grammar and Composition (old)
4th edition from A Beka Books
for 11th-12th grade
$4.00 (7 in stock)
Handy Homework Helper: English
by Lynne Blanton
from Publications International
for 4th-7th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th- grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$19.99 $8.00 (2 in stock)
Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition - Answer Key
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$9.99 $7.00 (1 in stock)
Harvey's Revised English Grammar
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$24.99 $16.00 (2 in stock)
Harvey's Revised English Grammar - Answer Key
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$5.99
Homonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$9.99
Homophones and Homographs
by James B. Hobbs
3rd edition from McFarland & Co.
for 8th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
How to Improve Your Grammar and Usage
from Grolier Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
King Alfred's English
by Laurie J. White
from Shorter Word Press
for 7th-12th grade
in History of Books & Language (Location: B04-00E)
$16.95 $11.00 (2 in stock)
Kites Sail High
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99
Language Arts Terminology Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 4th-10th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$9.95
Linguistic Introduction to the History of English
by Morton W. Bloomfield, Leonard Newmark
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in History of Books & Language (Location: B04-00E)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises
by Francine Weinberg, Michal Brody, Richard Bullock
2nd edition from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-04A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
by Rosemary Courtney
from Addison Wesley
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Many Luscious Lollipops
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99
Merry-Go-Round
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Mine, All Mine
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Nitty-Gritty Grammar
by Edith H. Fine
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Our Mother Tongue
by Nancy Wilson
from Canon Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: B15-02C)
$20.00
Painless Grammar
by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$9.99 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Practical English Grammar
by A. J. Thomson, A. V. Martinet
from Oxford University
for 9th-12th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: BLG-06B)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
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