New Product Review: EMC Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature

EMC’s Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature is a comprehensive resource to support English language arts instruction in grades 6-12. The program includes print and web-based resources. In the middle school grades (grades 6-8), instruction uses the theme of “mirrors and windows” to help students use literature to reflect on their own lives and to connect with people from different cultures and times.

Across middle school grades, Mirrors & Windows units are organized in terms of a theme linked to a literary genre. For example, a grade 6 unit that introduces poetry is centered on the theme of “Expressing Yourself.” Each unit is made up of a set of reading selections related to the theme. [Read more…]

Instruction focuses on the development of “close reading” skills using three readings of the same text. Each reading is for a different purpose, such as identifying important details, determining the text’s structure, and interpreting the its meaning. Reading strategies to be used before (e.g., build background), during (e.g., ask questions, visualize), and after reading (e.g., recall, analyze) each selection are provided. Lessons are organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model, which frames activities in terms of Guided, Directed, and Independent Reading.

About EMC*

Over the years, EMC Publishing has grown steadily into one of the nation’s leading producers and marketers of textbooks and supporting multimedia programs for K-12 schools throughout the country. EMC is now a part of New Mountain Learning, which currently publishes print and electronic educational materials under three imprints:

  • EMC Publishingoffers K-12 textbook programs in World Languages, Business Education, Literature and Language Arts, and Social Studies with supplementary and multimedia materials.
  • Paradigm Education Solutionsspecializes in post-secondary publishing, offering textbook programs in Computer Technology, Health Careers, Biotechnology Accounting, Business Technology, Distance Learning, and Career Management with supplementary and multimedia materials.
  • JIST Publishingis the leading publisher of award-winning materials on job-search, career exploration, occupational information, life skills, and character education.

EMC promises to grow with the changing needs of learners and educators—and with education and technology.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from EMC.