Mirrors and Windows - Passport

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Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature

A 6-12 Grade, 7-Level Language Arts Program

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. Read more about the advantages of Mirrors & Windows and discover what sets our program apart!

  • Differentiated Instruction and EL Support
    The Mirrors & Windows program provides opportunities for differentiated instruction and extensive EL support, including...READ MORE
    • 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.
    • Adjustable rate audio recordings of selections
    • Alternative assessment strategies for ELs and Developing Readers
    • Story Shares custom library with over 150 leveled texts
  • Balanced Approach
    The Mirrors & Windows program offers a balanced approach with multiple genres. Each thematic unit includes... READ MORE
    • 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
      • 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 authors such as Carmen Tafolla, Pat Mora, and Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Gradual Release Model
    The Mirrors & Windows program offers an exclusive gradual release approach... READ MORE
    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; 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; 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
  • Flexibility for any Instructional Model
    The Mirrors & Windows program offers more choices and greater flexibility... READ MORE
    • 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.
  • Innovative Technology
    The Mirrors & Windows program is fully integrated into Passport®, EMC's innovative learning environment, Passport®... READ MORE

    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.

    • Collaborative video discussions with exclusive integrated Flipgrid® capability
    • Project-based learning
    • Extended reading and media connections
    • Opportunities for differentiated and personalized instruction
    • And much more!

Program at a Glance