Balanced Approach

The Mirrors & Windows program offers a balanced approach with multiple genres and diverse texts.

Each thematic unit includes:

  • 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

  • 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!