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Middle School: Grammar

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This guide focuses on middle school-level resources to supplement course materials for Middle School English Grammar. This list is modeled on the California Department of Education curriculum guidelines.

Useful search terms for finding resources in the Los Angeles Public Library Catalog:
English language – Grammar
English language – Usage
Using the Enhanced Catalog will allow you to create and save materials lists for future reference.

Books

Azar, Betty Schrampfer. Fundamentals of English grammar. White Plains, N.Y. : Longman, c2003.

Buffa, Liz. Grammar smart junior : good grammar made easy. New York : Random House, c2008.

Fogarty, Mignon. Grammar girl presents the ultimate writing guide for students. New York : Henry Holt, 2011.

O'Conner, Patricia T. Woe is I : the grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.

Rosenberg, Mandie L. Get wise! : Mastering grammar skills : don't use no double negatives!. Lawrenceville, NJ : Thomson/Peterson's, c2002.

Silverman, Jay. Shortcuts for the student writer. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2005.

Terban, Marvin. Scholastic guide to grammar. New York : Scholastic, 2011.

The American Heritage student grammar dictionary. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Databases

Learning Express Library
Online interactive study tools and practice exams covering a broad grade-level and subject range, including skill-building exercises and study tools for Middle School Language Arts.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Online version of the multivolume Oxford English Dictionary Second and Third Editions as updated.

VerbaLearn
Specializes in teaching vocabulary course levels ranging from 7th to 12th grade, to standardized test preparation, to Intermediate ESL.

Web Sites

http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm
Well laid-out, easily navigable site for teachers and students created by an English Professor at a Community College in Florida.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/08/ten-grammar-games-and-lesson-resources.html
Grammar games and lesson resources list featured on the blog of a High School Social Studies teacher who focuses on locating and connecting other educators to free, web-based tools for teachers and administrators to use in the classroom.

http://www.creativeteachingsite.com/humorgrammar.htm
Just for fun, a humorous list of common grammar rules.


Miriam Touchton
Children’s Librarian II
Westchester-Loyola
mtouchto@lapl.org

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