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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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
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)
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99
Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
1st edition from New World Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
$16.00
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
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)
Children's Illustrated Dictionary
from Parragon Publishing
for 4th-7th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Chocolate Moose for Dinner
by Fred Gwynne
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Chortling Bard
by Jane Bell Kiester
from Maupin House Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
Creative Writer Level 2
by Boris Fishman
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Creative Writer (Location: D5F-WRI)
$16.95
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
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)
Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Figures of Speech
by Arthur Quinn
from Hermagoras Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
First Dictionary
from Golden Books
for 2nd-4th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Games for Writing
by Peggy Kaye
1st edition from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$7.00 (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
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)
How to Improve Your Grammar and Usage
from Grolier Publishing
for 9th-Adult
$2.00 (1 in stock)
How To Study
by Edward Shewan
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th-9th grade
$8.00
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)
Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate
Reprint
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Kid's Guide to Research
by Deborah Heiligman
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$3.50 (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
King Who Rained
by Fred Gwynne
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Kites Sail High
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99 $5.00 (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)
Little Pigeon Toad
by Fred Gwynne
from Scholastic Reference
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Many Luscious Lollipops
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99
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)
Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary
by Merriam-Webster
2nd edition from Merriam-Webster
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$15.95
Merry-Go-Round
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Mine, All Mine
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: D4D-GRA)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
My First Picture Dictionary
by Katherine Howard
from Random House
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
On Writing Well
by William Zinsser
30th Anniversary from HarperCollins
Writing Reference for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
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: D4E-GRA)
$18.69
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: D4E-GRA)
$9.99
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)
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 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)
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