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Thistledown Books and Teachers
Thistledown Press has been in partnership with teachers since it began publishing books in 1975. Founded by teachers and dedicated to literature and art, Thistledown has placed books in schools and curricula for decades. Though it remains a literary press, its publishing interests have always considered student readers in its program choices. To this end we have created a successful backlist and continuing front list of books intended for students who read and study literature. We have created a rich collection of books appropriate for the middle grade levels and high school that have proven classroom records.
We publish books that compel response — books that are well-written and meaningful. Whether you are looking for books for your Round Table discussions, literature circles, book clubs, or supplementing your curriculum choices, Thistledown books provide choices and could be an important resource for you.
In the Thematic Listing of Book Resources section we offer some guidelines as to which of our books may fit well with your English Language units by offering some important connections. We suggest grade appropriateness for our middle years books, and guideline reading levels for teens. We know that each school district develops its own procedures for approving and adopting novels, and also know that the teachers in the classroom are the best judge of their students’ abilities, expectations and the adjustments that are always made in the best classroom experiences. We are publishing books for teachers who like to work their own choices into their teaching. The majority of our books that have received curriculum approval have come because a teacher recommended it.
All Thistledown books have published criticism and author information collected on our web site. We are a valuable database for all the information on our books, and you have access to it.
Thistledown’s Literary Genres
Thistledown Books and ELA Curricula Connections
In an effort to assist teachers in finding suitable books to meet these thematic demands and to enrich the ideas in such units, Thistledown has identified the books it publishes for education into thematic listings that frequently appear as specific ELA grade units. Rarely do curriculum teams identify any universal language; however, they do demonstrate considerable overlap of motif and idea. While Thistledown’s titles of the thematic unit may not appear exactly as they do in your own school syllabus, you will immediately recognize the similarities and connections.
The two main sections are Middle Years and High School. In most cases the theme listing we offer will be obvious. Just click on the thematic link and it will take you to the books organized by grade that will allow you to explore what we offer. Most ELA teachers know that a wide range of reading ability exists within any grade level or student age group. While we have assigned specific readability criteria to many of our books, what is best for you and your students may be different. The groupings are not intended to be rigid, just guidelines. Whatever you decide, you can assume that the majority of our books for schools are for standard to fluent readers. With few exceptions, Thistledown books have varied topics, stimulating vocabularies, and diversified writing styles.
Obviously our theme search is not exhaustive, but we do have a substantial number of ELA thematic units connected to our books with more being added each year. Take a few minutes to have a look and you will discover books that you and your students will find worthy of your time. Remember, Thistledown Press is in the entertainment business, but we do know how to build curriculum resources.
Thistledown and Censorship
Thistledown Books Readability and Levelling
See our Curriculum Approved Titles, Teacher Resource Guides, and Student Response Guides, as well as curriculum themes for Middle Years Grades 5 - 9, High School Teachers Grade 10-11, and High School Teachers Grade 12
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