Adolescence is a time when young people are crafting stories about who they are, how they understand the world, and how they fit into society. Literature has the power to inform and transform the way adolescents see themselves and others. Facing History’s approach to teaching coming-of-age literature integrates social-emotional learning, critical reading skills, and an equity focus with new research in adolescent development. It is designed to help your students value the complexity of identity, process texts through a critical and ethical lens, and develop their sense of agency.
Educators will participate in this course as part of an asynchronous cohort. While content can be accessed and completed at your own pace and on your own schedule, the cohort will follow a weekly schedule and move forward together, interacting via discussion boards and other communication tools.
During this four week mini-course, participants will:
- Experience a Facing History approach to ELA through hands-on reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities using our collection of Coming-of-Age curriculum resources.
- Practice strategies to foster and sustain student-centered classroom communities.
- Consider the implications of adolescent development research on pedagogy and practice, and your relationships with students.
- Develop the mindset and tools to build a Coming-of-Age unit that centers student identity, invites perspective taking and ethical reflection, develops literacy and critical thinking skills, and expands students’ civic capacities and sense of agency.
Module 1: Start With Yourself (asynchronous, about 3 hours to complete): February 1–8
Module 2: Explore the Complexity of Identity (asynchronous, about 3 hours to complete): February 8–15
Module 3: Process Text through a Critical and Ethical Lens (asynchronous, about 3 hours to complete): February 15–22
Module 4: Develop a Sense of Agency (asynchronous, about 3 hours to complete): February 22–29
Mini-Course At-a-Glance Details
Who should take this mini-course: 6th–12th grade English language arts and humanities teachers, school leaders, and curriculum specialists. We invite educators from a variety of school settings including public, private, independent, and religious schools to apply.
Cost: Free. The registration and event fees for this online offering have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and supporters.
Duration: 4 weeks. There is a new module each week and all components will be asynchronous on Canvas.