The program consists of a collection of thematic curriculum resources to support the most common instructional formats (Text Sets, Whole-Class Reads, Book Clubs); classroom-ready student handouts, texts, and journal prompts; foundational teaching strategies for establishing a reflective and respectful classroom community; and competency-based professional learning and ongoing educator support.
Our ELA approach:
Anchored by Facing History’s pedagogical triangle, our approach to ELA balances critical literacy and skills development with examination of the moral choices, systems of power, and issues of equity revealed in the text and encountered in the world.
ELA teachers who apply our pedagogical framework to the study of literature:
Facing History's ELA resources and professional learning support educators to center students' identities and lived experiences, and to create space for students to explore complex ideas about human behavior, both individually and in collaboration with others. The following values and beliefs about teaching and learning guide our design process:
Students need a diverse range of complex stories to help them understand themselves and others. Our resources center voices that have traditionally been marginalized or excluded from the curriculum.
Frequent writing opportunities—including reflective, narrative, persuasive, and creative writing—boost retention, deepen students’ understanding of complex concepts, and prepare them to be creative participants in the world.
Our approach supports teachers to develop student-centered classrooms where students grapple with complex ideas in small and large groups, prioritizing talk as a community-building and meaning-making activity.
Students need to feel physically safe and emotionally secure in the classroom before they can focus on learning. Facing History’s professional learning and curricular resources provide strategies and support to foster collaborative, intellectual, reflective, and brave classroom communities.
Choice drives engagement, and when the curriculum feels relevant, students are more invested in their learning. Coming of Age in a Complex World offers authentic student choice and supports differentiation in response to students’ readiness, interests, and learning profiles.