Supplemental Resources

  • Your student MUST have a good thesaurus: We highly recommend The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale, which is readily available from most bookstores. We have not found another thesaurus that quite measures up. However, any thesaurus you choose must be student-friendly (with entries listed alphabetically) yet comprehensive (not a "junior" edition).

  • Another excellent tool, Usborne's Illustrated Thesaurus, is specifically written for students.

    • Pros: While not as comprehensive as The Synonym Finder, it defines synonyms in context, an important consideration when teaching kids to choose words wisely. It also offers theme-based word banks, a story-writer's delight!

    • Cons: Because it is a British publication, it contains some words that may be unfamiliar to American students. Furthermore, it is not readily available in the continental U.S. You may try ordering it from an Usborne representative in Canada or from

  • A dictionary will be useful for looking up unfamiliar synonyms to be sure they fit the context of the sentence as well as for double-checking spelling.

  • A good writing or English handbook will provide in-depth help when grammar questions arise. WriteShop recommends The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation as an excellent desktop handbook for young and old alike. While not a substitute for a complete grammar program, it makes a handy, easy-to-use reference tool for the writer.




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