Language Arts Resources

There are probably more fillable gaps in anyone's language 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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Active Filters: 8th grade (Ages 13-14)
Alphabet Makers
by Hyatt Moore
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for 8th-Adult
in History of Books & Language (Location: G6C-HIS)
$5.00 (1 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: I-REF)
$38.00 (2 in stock)
American Heritage Desk Dictionary
4th edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$14.95
American Heritage Dictionary
by Houghton Mifflin Company
5th edition from Dell Publishing
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.99
American Heritage Student Thesaurus
by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
Reprint from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$18.95
Blended Structure and Style in Composition
by James B. Webster
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 2nd-12th grade
in IEW Teaching Writing: Structure & Style (Location: WRI-IEWTW)
$35.00
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: GRA-REF)
$16.95 $12.00 (1 in stock)
Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
1st edition from New World Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$16.00
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction
by Nancy Kress
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: P3A)
$14.00
Concise Roget's International Thesaurus
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
7th edition from HarperTrophy
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$7.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Creative Writer Level 2
by Boris Fishman
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Creative Writer (Location: WRI-CREATE)
$16.95
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
DK Ultimate Visual Dictionary
from DK Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Elements of Style (Illustrated)
by E.B. White, William Strunk Jr.
for 7th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
by Mark Dunn
Reprint from Anchor Books
for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$12.71
Encyclopedia of Music
by Max Wade-Matthews and Wendy Thompson
1st ed from Hermes House
for 4th-12th grade
in Music Education & Reference (Location: I)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
English Grammar Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
Evaluating Writing
Writing Strands
by Dave Marks
from National Writing Institute
Writing Curriculum for Preschool-12th grade
in Writing Strands (Location: D9E-WRI)
$14.00 $8.00 (2 in stock)
French Grammar 1 Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 8th-12th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
German Grammar Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 8th-12th grade
in German (Location: S-German)
Grammar Songs - Book
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Audio Memory CDs (Location: I5E)
$22.95 $15.00 (1 in stock)
Greek and Latin Root Words Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 7th-Adult
Handbook of Grammar & Composition
by James A. Chapman
5th edition from A Beka Books
for 7th-12th grade
in A Beka Grammar & Writing (Location: GRA-ABK)
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: GRA-REF)
$15.00
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: GRA-REF)
$4.00 (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: GRA-REF)
$17.50
Homophones and Homographs
by James B. Hobbs
3rd edition from McFarland & Co.
for 8th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
How To Study
by Edward Shewan
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th-9th grade
$8.00
King Alfred's English
by Laurie J. White
from Shorter Word Press
for 7th-12th grade
in History of Books & Language (Location: G6C-HIS)
$16.95
Kingfisher Illustrated Thesaurus
by George Beal
from Kingfisher
for 4th-8th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Language Arts Terminology Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 4th-10th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
Leap Write In!
by Karen Benke
from Roost Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Macmillan Visual Dictionary
1st edition from Macmillan
for 3rd-9th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Merriam-Webster School Dictionary
Revised from Merriam-Webster
for 8th-12th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Organizing Thinking Book 2: Graphic Organizers
by Howard Black, Sandra Parks
from Critical Thinking Books
for 5th-8th grade
$32.99
Our Mother Tongue
by Nancy Wilson
2nd edition from Canon Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: GRA-MISC)
$18.69
Our Mother Tongue (old)
by Nancy Wilson
from Canon Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: GRA-MISC)
$10.00 (2 in stock)
Punctuation and Capitalization Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
Rod & Staff English Handbook
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
for 8th-12th grade
in Rod & Staff English (Location: GRA-R&S)
$10.50 (1 in stock)
Roget's International Thesaurus
by Rogets International
from Thomas Crowell
for 7th-Adult
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Roget's International Thesaurus
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
7th edition from Collins
for 7th-Adult
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$22.95
Roget's International Thesaurus
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
7th edition from Collins
for 7th-Adult
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Roget's Super Thesaurus
by Marc McCutcheon
1st edition
for 8th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms
by Marvin Terban
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-9th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Simply Grammar
by Charlotte Mason, Karen Andreola
2nd edition from Charlotte Mason Research and Supply Co.
for 4th-8th grade
in Charlotte Mason Language Arts (Location: D3D-GRA)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
Someday You'll Write
by Elizabeth Yates
2nd edition from Bob Jones University Press
Non-fiction for 5th-9th grade
$5.00 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Student Dictionary
from Houghton Mifflin
for 4th-8th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
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