We recently received a new sample set of textbooks at our school: It was entitled Mirrors and Windows, and I don't recall the publisher. My question/topic is this -- Has anyone else used these texts, or had positive/negative experiences with them? We may be looking at them for use next year. Any information is appreciated.
A quick search tells me this is from EMC/Paradigm Publishing. It appears to me that "Mirrors and Windows" is a philosophy rather than a set of books. I have no experience with that label, and if it is a series of texts, I apologize for the following discussion.
I have used their Masterpiece Literature Series for American Lit, British Lit, and Experiencing Literature (9th grade) for the past ten years and quite enjoyed them. I must tell you that I use a textbook more as a reader than anything else. These books do have some helpful tools (guestions, analogies, vocabulary, literary terms, glossary) and writing prompts, though. Was not too impressed with most of the end-of-story journal questions, but we got a few good laughs out of them, anyway.
British and American texts were chronological, which is my preference--though I do think the text had some thematic arrangements outlined in the teacher's edition table of contents, as well. The 9th grade text is thematic but also lends itself to the genre study I prefer at that level.
Just a note in passing--these are really heavy books. Our British texts were always breaking from their bindings from the sheer weight and use.
You'll be able to work with these texts, I'm sure, whether or not your philosophy meshes with mine. The first year with a new text is such a drag, isn't it? All new notes and, well, new everything. Sigh.