During a children's literature class in college, I was told that books should be like mirrors and windows for students. They should be mirrors in that characters, settings, and plots should be a mirror image of some of the same experiences that our individual students are living on a day to day basis (divorce, kids playing soccer, etc). They should be windows in that they show students a world outside of their own experiences that they may never get to experience (jungle, outer space, etc). So, I designed this worksheet as a prompt for my students to explain how books have been mirrors and windows in their lives.
Through the mirror, I see __________.
Through the window, I see __________.
*Also the formatting is strange on this one. The window is on the top left and the mirror is on the top right. Then it has space for writing underneath the pictures (where students can draw corresponding pictures to their writing).