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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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)
Children's Illustrated Dictionary
from Parragon Publishing
for 4th-7th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
DK Ultimate Visual Dictionary
from DK Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Information Please! - Getting Started
by Pat Wesolowski
for 3rd-6th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Kid's Guide to Research
by Deborah Heiligman
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Kingfisher Children's Encyclopedia
by Jennifer Justice, ed.
from Kingfisher
for 1st-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Kingfisher Illustrated Thesaurus
by George Beal
from Kingfisher
for 4th-8th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Kingfisher Young World Encyclopedia
by Larousse
from Larousse
for 4th-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$15.00 (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)
Macmillan Visual Dictionary
1st edition from Macmillan
for 3rd-9th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Painless Grammar
by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
1st edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Scholastic Children's Dictionary
by Scholastic
Revised from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$9.50 (2 in stock)
Scholastic Children's Encyclopedia
by Scholastic
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$8.00 (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)
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)
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 (2 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)
Student Dictionary
from Houghton Mifflin
for 4th-8th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$19.95 $12.00 (1 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)
Usborne Children's Encyclopedia
by Felicity Brooks, Anna Claybourne, eds.
New from Usborne
for 3rd-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$11.00 (1 in stock)
Word Write Now
by Loranna Schwacofer
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in IEW Resources (Location: WRI-IEWRES)
$35.00 $22.00 (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)
Writing Magic
by Gail Carson Levine
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$3.50 (1 in stock)