Coming-of-Age Unit Planning Toolkit

The Coming-of-Age Unit Planning Toolkit supports middle- and high school ELA and humanities teachers as they develop and implement a coming-of-age literature unit. Using Facing History’s resources and approach, teachers can center students’ identities and experiences as young adults in the world while also meeting the specific curriculum objectives and time available in the classroom.

Before You Begin

Download the following resources to your Google Drive:

  • Educator Workbook: As you progress through the Unit Planning Toolkit, work through the corresponding sections of the Educator Workbook, where you will find questions and activities to help you with the planning and design process.
  • Unit Planning Template: Use the Unit Planning Template to begin documenting your planning process. 
  • Summative Assessment: Use this resource to plan a “This I Believe” personal narrative essay, podcast, or video-based summative assessment.

Explore the Unit Planning Toolkit

The Unit Planning Toolkit includes the following sections. You will find a similar table at the bottom of each section, allowing you to navigate anywhere within the toolkit. 

Resources for Planning Your Unit

1. Start with Yourself

Reflect on your identity and ideas about teaching and learning, as well as your school context and the students you will be teaching this year.

2. Choose a Coming-of-Age Text

Apply the key principles of text selection to your own context.

3. Begin with the End in Mind

Identify the goals, learning objectives, and student learning outcomes for your unit.

4. Craft the Essential Question

Explore our bank of essential questions for a coming-of-age unit and align your essential questions with key learning outcomes and passages from the text.

5. Design the Summative Assessment

Plan your summative assessment based on a “This I Believe” personal narrative or an assessment of your choice using Facing History’s strategies for prewriting, outlining, and revision.

Resources for Teaching Your Unit

6. Teach with Facing History Journal Prompts

Learn creative ways to incorporate journaling and select or adapt from our bank of journal prompts.

7. Teach with Facing History Learning Experiences

Choose from our collection of learning experiences to design lessons that help students progress toward Facing History’s learning objectives.

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