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Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors

This handout asks students to read a quote by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop and then reflect on texts that have shown them something about themselves, others, and/or the world.
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  • English & Language Arts
  • Culture & Identity
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Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors

Date of Publication: July 2021

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This handout uses the following quote from Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop as a jumping-off point for student reflection on the relationship between reading and identity:
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.”

The Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors exercise is designed to be used as part of the Read the Word, Read the World activity in an ELA classroom.

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