Coming of Age in a Complex World

A Facing History ELA Featured Collection

Developed for grades 7–10 and adaptable to younger and older students, this modular program integrates culturally responsive teaching practices, social-emotional learning, and civic education to create authentic and engaging learning experiences.

Introducing Coming of Age in a Complex World

Take a tour of our Coming of Age in a Complex World ELA Collection to learn about the resources and tools that you can use to plan and teach a Facing History coming of age literature unit. You can also subscribe to What's the Word, our monthly newsletter specifically for English Language Arts educators.


Explore the Coming-of-Age Featured Collection

Choose from these resources to create a coming-of-age unit that invites students to explore the complexity of identity, process texts through a critical and ethical lens, and develop a sense of civic agency as they reflect on what it means to grow up in the world today.

Back to School Toolkit

Strategies and activities to establish and cultivate a brave and reflective classroom community.

Identity and Storytelling Text Set

Introduces or supplements a coming-of-age unit centered on a single title or book clubs.

Unit Planning Toolkit

Offers a framework, student learning experiences, and resources to design a coming-of-age unit for any title.

Teaching Brown Girl Dreaming

Provides text-based discussion questions, classroom activities, and more for teaching a literature unit on Jacqueline Woodson's coming-of-age memoir.

Book Club Guide

Supports reading multiple coming-of-age texts in small groups.

What's the Word

What's the Word is our monthly newsletter specifically for English Language Arts educators. Each edition highlights resources, first-hand educator perspectives from the field, and book recommendations for your classroom and your own professional exploration.


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