The Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature program is uniquely designed to provide students with the context, skills, and understanding they’ll need to function in today’s interconnected world while preparing them for the rigors of MS STAAR, HS EOC, and TELPAS. Read more about the advantages of Mirrors & Windows, our integrated approach for the new TEKS, and truly discover what sets our program apart!
The Mirrors & Windows program is fully integrated into EMC’s innovative learning environment, Passport®. Engage students in language arts with relevant content, communication, and media literacy. Develop students’ online collaboration and communication skills so they can succeed in work and life in the 21st century.
Lesson plans covering 100% of the TEKS
Collaborative video discussions with exclusive integrated Flipgrid® capability
Extended reading and media connections
Opportunities for differentiated and personalized instruction
Flexibility for any Instructional Model
The Mirrors & Windows program offers more choices and greater flexibility for teachers to design instruction.
Choice of print, digital, or blended print + digital
Support for whole group, small group, and independent instruction
Customizable lesson plans, scope and sequence of instruction, and scaffolds for students
No matter what resources you have in your classroom, no matter what resources best support your teaching and your students’ learning, you can choose the perfect blend of print and technology from EMC.
EL Support and Differentiated Instruction
The Mirrors & Windows program provides extensive EL support, including:
Vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and style language development workshops within each unit
Exclusive gradual release approach, providing additional modeling for EL students within every unit
EL strategies at point of use, including differentiation strategies, text complexity notes, and cultural awareness notes
Differentiated Instruction: English Language Learning Support resource, available in print and online, that provides activities to increase students’ comprehension, vocabulary, oral language development, and English language skills.
TELPAS Assessment practice, and alternative assessment strategies for EL’s and Developing Readers
Story Shares custom library with over 150 leveled texts and 40+ books inspired by the state of Texas
TEKS and STAAR Support
The Mirrors & Windows program is 100% aligned with the TEKS and ELPS and supports essential skills for STAAR/EOC success.
Every lesson and unit integrates all 7 strands of the TEKS within the literacy domains of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking
STAAR and TELPAS Assessment Practice reviewed and edited by Victoria Young, former TEA STAAR Assessment Director
Differentiated instruction designed to provide support for English language learners to gain proficiency in a range of English language skills – Learn more here!
"Mirrors & Windows offers teachers and students a great deal of support, including special support for the English language learner. The vast array of literary selections, exercises before, during, and after reading, and the distribution of instructional activities throughout the student edition and other components ensure that the student receives regular reinforcement and support for developing language skills. The selections reflect cultures and traditions that can offer students an exciting glimpse into worlds that many have never known about."
— Robert H. Leos, Ph.D.
Former TEA Senior Director for Textbook Administration
The Mirrors & Windows program offers a balanced approach with multiple genres and diverse texts included within each thematic unit:
Texts from multiple genres, with opportunities to make comparisons within and across genres
A focus on how to read closely for each genre, supported by Close Reading videos
A balance of traditional, contemporary, classic and diverse selections as called for in the TEKS:
Most comprehensive range and diversity of classic and contemporary literature and informational texts
100% of CCSS text types and range of texts within grade level text complexity levels
Literature from a long list of award-winning classic and contemporary authors such as Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Ray Bradbury, Annie Dillard, Ernest Hemingway, and Elizabeth Bishop
Multicultural selections from authors such as Toni Cade Bambara, Sandra Cisneros, Arthur Ashe, Amy Tan, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Langston Hughes
Selections from Texas authors such as Carmen Tafolla, Pat Mora, and Naomi Shihab Nye. See a full list of our Texas authors here!
Gradual Release Model
The Mirrors & Windows program offers an exclusive gradual release approach with three levels of reading support to develop skills and comprehension.
Each unit in M&W provides for a gradual release of responsibility, moving from guided to directed to independent reading:
Guided Reading: extensive support before, during, and after reading
Full length, genre-specific close reading models in each unit, supported by video models, provide the framework for the teacher to guide students through the reading process
Models walk students through the selections and demonstrate how to analyze literature and apply reading skills and strategies to each genre.
Directed Reading: extensive support before and after reading, with less support during reading
Model gradually removes scaffolds with additional teacher-directed instructional support, beginning the release of responsibility from teacher to students
Students continue to be supported with before-and after-reading activities, but they begin to apply the during-reading comprehension skills on their own
Independent Reading: minimal support before and after reading, with self-monitoring during reading
Model in each unit as digital connections completes the release of responsibility to the students, who can apply the skills and strategies required to read increasingly more difficult selections on their own.
Independent Readings appear more frequently as students advance through the program
Options for extending independent reading with Access Edition novels available online and in print
Only EMC builds student independence with close reading skills using a gradual release model so they will be prepared for the text complexity of the STAAR.