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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1001 Commonly Misspelled Words
by Robert Magnan & Mary Lou Santovec
from McGraw-Hill
for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$15.00
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: D4E-GRA)
$18.99
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 (1 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
Art of Fiction
by John Gardner
from Vintage Classics
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$14.95 $9.00 (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
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: D4E-GRA)
$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: D4E-GRA)
$16.00
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction
by Nancy Kress
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Chortling Bard
by Jane Bell Kiester
from Maupin House Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
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)
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss
from Gotham Books
Grammar Reference for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$15.00
Elements of Style
by William Strunk & E. B. White
4th edition from Allyn and Bacon
Writing Handbook for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$8.46 $6.00 (2 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)
Figures of Speech
by Arthur Quinn
from Hermagoras Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
French Grammar 1 Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 8th-12th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
French Grammar 2 Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 9th-12th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$7.96
German Grammar Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 8th-12th grade
in German (Location: S-German)
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)
Homophones and Homographs
by James B. Hobbs
3rd edition from McFarland & Co.
for 8th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week
by Dominic O'Brien
from Duncan Baird
for 9th-Adult
$9.95
How to Improve Your Grammar and Usage
from Grolier Publishing
for 9th-Adult
$2.00 (1 in stock)
How To Write a News Article
by Michael Kronewetter
from Grolier Publishing
for 10th-Adult
$2.00 (1 in stock)
How to Write Irresistible Query Letters
by Lisa Collier Cool
from Writer's Digest
for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$12.95 $9.00 (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: G6C-HIS)
$16.95
Lively Art of Writing
by Lucile Vaughan Payne
from Mentor Books
Writing Reference for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$5.94
Meaning of Everything
by Simon Winchester
Reprint from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Memory Mechanics
by Gary DeMar
from American Vision Press
for 9th grade-adult
$14.95
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
7th edition from Merriam-Webster
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$7.50
Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
from Merriam-Webster
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$5.99
Merriam-Webster School Dictionary
Revised from Merriam-Webster
for 8th-12th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Merriam-Webster Thesaurus
from Merriam-Webster
for 9th-Adult
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$6.50
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
11th edition from Merriam-Webster
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$22.95 $16.00 (1 in stock)
Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary
by Merriam-Webster
2nd edition from Merriam-Webster
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$15.95
Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary - CD-ROM
by Noah Webster
from Foundation for American Christian Education
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
On Writing Well
by William Zinsser
30th Anniversary from HarperCollins
Writing Reference for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Painless Research Projects
by James Elliott, Rebecca S. Elliott
from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-12th grade
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Plot & Structure
Write Great Fiction
by James Scott Bell
5th edition from Writer's Digest
for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
from Harper Perennial
for 10th-Adult
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Punctuation and Capitalization Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
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