The American Heritage Student Thesaurus

The American Heritage Student Thesaurus

by Paul Hellweg, Joyce LeBaron, Susannah LeBaron
     
 

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Ages 12–16, Grades 7–10

Ideal for writers in middle school and high school, this popular thesaurus contains 6,000 main entries and more than 70,000 synonyms—more than any other thesaurus at this level. Each entry includes a clear sample sentence for each of the word’s different senses, along with a list of synonyms arranged according to

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Ages 12–16, Grades 7–10

Ideal for writers in middle school and high school, this popular thesaurus contains 6,000 main entries and more than 70,000 synonyms—more than any other thesaurus at this level. Each entry includes a clear sample sentence for each of the word’s different senses, along with a list of synonyms arranged according to how closely they match that sense of the word. Extra features in this updated edition include a table explaining the parts of speech and a useful list of tips on how to use the thesaurus most effectively.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
What is in a thesaurus? Would a "rose" really smell as sweet if you called it a "bush?" This newly updated volume includes advice to teen writers about choosing the best word for their purpose, how synonyms are presented in the text, and the use of other words like antonyms and specific or general words without true synonyms, but having some closely related words. These "word groups" are shown in small blue boxes with a tiny drawing, as in "hat," where writers discover that hats can be "berets, bonnets, caps, derbies, fedoras, kepis", and "sombreros" as well. In case they have forgotten, readers can review the parts of speech and also ponder tips for using the reference, including checking with a dictionary, being aware that synonyms have different shades of meaning, and—especially good advice—that using a string of adjectives or adverbs is not necessarily better than picking the one most precise. Pages are large, with the entry word in a blue sans-serif type, while the synonyms appear in a smaller black boldface type. An even smaller type is used for each explanatory sentence, followed by antonyms (marked with a blue arrow) where appropriate. When a word has multiple meanings, each is numbered and has its own sentence for clarity; when the same word can be used as a noun or a verb, students are alerted by a small blue diamond. Generous spacing should make using the thesaurus easy, especially for teens who have already had experience with a similar reference book for younger writers, like the same publisher's American Heritage Children's Thesaurus. Still, parents or teachers may want to review the reasons for consulting a thesaurus and plan some practice exercises to familiarize students with a longer, more sophisticated volume than its predecessor. With 6000 main entries and about 100,000 synonyms chosen for a twelve-to-sixteen audience, the Student Thesaurus is well designed to help young adult writers expand their vocabularies and increase the liveliness and precision of essays, reports, memoirs, and poems. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547659169
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/17/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
765,387
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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Meet the Author

Paul Hellweg has written eleven nonfiction books and is a poet and film producer. He has also taught at California State University, Northbridge.

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