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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Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
Children's Illustrated Dictionary
from Parragon Publishing
for 4th-7th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$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
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)
Grammar-Land
by M. L. Nesbitt
from Yesterday's Classics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$8.06
Kid's Guide to Research
by Deborah Heiligman
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Leap Write In!
by Karen Benke
from Roost Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Organizing Thinking Book 2: Graphic Organizers
by Howard Black, Sandra Parks
from Critical Thinking Books
for 5th-8th grade
$32.99
Painless Grammar
by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
1st edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Painless Grammar
by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
4th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$9.99
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms
by Marvin Terban
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-9th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Scholastic Dictionary of Spelling
by Marvin Terban
from Scholastic Reference
for 3rd-6th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary
by Sue Young
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$3.00 (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)
Usborne Children's Encyclopedia
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Jane Elliott & Colin King
from Usborne
for 3rd-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Words You Should Know
by David Olsen
from Adams Media Corp.
for 6th-10th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Write Back Soon!
by Karen Benke
from Roost Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Writer's Guide to Powerful Paragraphs
by Victor C. Pellegrino
from Maui arThoughts Company
Writing Reference for 6th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$24.95 $16.00 (1 in stock)
Writer's Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions
by Victor C. Pellegrino
from Maui arThoughts Company
Writing Reference for 6th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$16.95
Writer's Guide to Using Eight Methods of Transition
by Victor C. Pellegrino
from Maui arThoughts Company
Writing Reference for 6th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$12.95
Writing Magic
by Gail Carson Levine
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Writing Magic
by Gail Carson Levine
Reissue from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$7.99