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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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)
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)
Children's First Encyclopedia
by Neil Morris
from Backpack Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Illustrated Dictionary
from Parragon Publishing
for 4th-7th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
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)
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)
DK First Encyclopedia
by Anita Ganeri & Chris Oxlade
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
DK Ultimate Visual Dictionary
from DK Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Dr. Seuss's ABC
by Dr. Seuss
Book Club from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.00 (3 in stock)
Elements of Style
by E. B. White, Jr. William Strunk
3rd edition from Macmillan
for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$5.00 (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)
Everything You Need to Know About English Homework
by scholastic
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
EyeLike Shapes
from Play Bac
for Preschool-2nd grade
$6.00 (1 in stock)
First Dictionary
from Golden Books
for 2nd-4th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
First Encyclopedia of Our World
from Usborne
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$7.00 (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 Songs - Book
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$3.00 (2 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)
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 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)
$11.40 $9.00 (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 First Dictionary
by John Grisewood
from Kingfisher
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
by Ruth Thomson and Anne Civardi
from Kingfisher
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Encyclopedias (Location: P3D)
$7.50 (2 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)
L is for Lollygag
from Chronicle Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.00 (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)
Lively Art of Writing
by Lucile Vaughan Payne
from Mentor Books
Writing Reference for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$5.94 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Macmillan Visual Dictionary
1st edition from Macmillan
for 3rd-9th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
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 School Dictionary
Revised from Merriam-Webster
for 8th-12th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary
from Merriam-Webster
for 1st-5th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
My First Golden Encyclopedia
by Jane Werner Watson
Fourth Printing from Golden Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Little Golden Books (Location: O3E)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
My First Picture Dictionary
by Katherine Howard
from Random House
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$1.50 (2 in stock)
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)
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 Research Projects
by James Elliott, Rebecca S. Elliott
from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-12th grade
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
from Harper Perennial
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Proverbial Mouse
by Moira Miller
First Edition from Dial Books for Young Readers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Rod & Staff English Handbook
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
for 8th-12th grade
in Rod & Staff English (Location: GRA-R&S)
$10.50 (2 in stock)
Rod & Staff English Handbook (old)
by Esther Neuenschwander
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
$7.50 (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)
$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)
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