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Language Arts Resources

There are probably more fillable gaps in anyone's languge arts knowledge than any other area of study. Language is constantly evolving, changing its face and sometimes even its innards to accommodate the dictates of the Academy and society. Who can keep up with it all? who even has enough foundational knowledge to know what all those changes are?

Keeping up with all the trends isn't necessarily the point, though. The ultimate aim of all language arts instruction is communication: for the student to be capable of communicating, and able to be communicated to. As far as that is accomplished, language arts education has been successful; that doesn't mean there isn't always room for improvement.

It also doesn't mean that there aren't reference works you should keep around at all times. Everyone needs a good dictionary; when you encounter words you know, how else are you going to know what they mean? You could just head to the Internet, but there's so much misinformation there, having a hard copy of Webster's is a much safer (and more reliable) bet.

A compact but comprehensive thesaurus is also important. Here's a word of advice: don't overuse it. Roget's Thesaurus has lots of words you've never heard of, and while sometimes they turn out to be exactly the word you're looking for, it's not a good idea to throw million dollar words into your writing if you're unfamiliar with them.

The two best uses for a thesaurus: using it to remember a word you already know, or scanning it to build your vocabulary when you aren't writing. A good cook doesn't use spices she's never heard of just to make food interesting, and a good writer doesn't throw around strange verbiage just to make people think he's smart, or because he's already overused a simpler term.

Much of what you'll find here is designed to help with spelling, expand vocabulary, or assist writing. Everyone has particular strengths and weaknesses, and you'll have to ultimately decide what your students (or you) need. For specific elements of the language arts (grammar, rhetoric, phonics, etc.) take a look at our subject-specific resource sections; the books here are pretty broad and reference-oriented.

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1001 Commonly Misspelled Words
by Robert Magnan & Mary Lou Santovec
from McGraw-Hill
for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$15.00
2012 World Book Encyclopedia - CD-ROM
from World Book
for 7th-adult
in Encyclopedias (Location: ARF-02C)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
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
A Picture Dictionary for Children
by Garnette Watters, S.A. Courtis
from Grosset & Dunlap
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
ABC's Flipper (modern style)
from Christopher Lee Publications
for Nursery-1st grade
$9.95
Alphabet Makers
by Hyatt Moore
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for 8th-Adult
in History of Books & Language (Location: B04-00E)
$3.50 (2 in stock)
American Dictionary of the English Language
by Noah Webster
10th edition from Foundation for American Christian Education
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$56.95 $47.50 (4 in stock)
American Heritage Children's Thesaurus
by Paul Hellweg Professor
from Houghton Mifflin
for 4th-6th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: ARF-02B)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
American Heritage Desk Dictionary
4th edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$13.95
American Heritage Dictionary
by Houghton Mifflin Company
5th edition from Dell Publishing
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$7.99
American Heritage First Dictionary
Updated
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
American Heritage Student Thesaurus
by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
Reprint from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: ARF-02B)
$18.95
American Sign Language Dictionary
by Martin L.A. Sternberg
Revised ed. from HarperCollins
for 7th-Adult
in Sign Language (Location: B14-03C)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Antonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
$9.99
Arabic Dictionary and Phrasebook
by Mahmoud Gaafar, Jane Wrightwick
from Hippocrene Books
in Arabic (Location: B14-05A)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Art of Fiction
by John Gardner
from Vintage Classics
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$14.95 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Art of Styling Sentences
by Ann Longknife, K. D. Sullivan
4th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Associated Press Stylebook 2010
45 Spi from Associated Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
by John Bartlett
16th edition from Little, Brown & Company
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
by John Bartlett
17th edition from Little, Brown & Company
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Becoming a Master Student
by Dave Ellis
13th edition from Cengage Learning
for 9th-Adult
in Research & Study Skills (Location: ARF-02A)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Becoming a Writer
by Dorothea Brande
from Penguin Putnam
for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
$8.99
Birder's Dictionary
by Randall T. Cox
1st edition from Falcon Publishing
for 4th-Adult
in Birds (Location: BSR-10B)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Blended Structure and Style in Composition
by James B. Webster
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 2nd-12th grade
$35.00 $24.00 (1 in stock)
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
C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia
by Colin Duriez
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
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)
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction
by Nancy Kress
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
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)
Children's First Encyclopedia
by Neil Morris
from Backpack Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: ARF-02C)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Illustrated Dictionary
from Parragon Publishing
for 4th-7th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Chocolate Moose for Dinner
by Fred Gwynne
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
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)
Christian Student Dictionary
by Various
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$10.00 (2 in stock)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
$20.00
Concise Dictionary of Mediaeval History
by Harry E. Wedeck
from Philosophical Library, Inc.
for 7th-12th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Concise Roget's International Thesaurus
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
7th edition from HarperTrophy
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: ARF-02B)
$7.99
Consolidated Wagster's Unexpurgated Dictionary of Humor and Wit
from Peter Pauper Press
for 8th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Crafty Art of Playmaking
by Alan Ayckbourn
from Palgrave MacMillan
for 9th-12th grade
in Theater, Drama & Film (Location: ART-03B)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
Creative Writer Level 2
by Boris Fishman
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Creative Writer (Location: B16-02D)
$16.95 $12.00 (1 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)
Dell Crossword Dictionary
by Wayne Robert Williams
from Marilyn Blaisdell
for 7th-Adult
in Brain Teasers & Puzzlers (Location: CGA-07D)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
Dictionary of Symbols
by J. E. Cirlot
from Philosophical Library, Inc.
for 7th-12th grade
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Differentiating Instruction with Menus: Language Arts
by Laurie Westphal
from Prufrock Press
for 6th-8th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
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