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Designing Coming of Age Literature Units that Center Student Identity and Agency

Registration for this event is now closed. Join fellow ELA educators to create a unit outline for a Coming of Age text of your choice using our ELA Unit Planning Guide. This event will be hosted in-person in California.

July 31, 2024 - August 01, 2024

Ontario, CA

Registration Closed
Cost:  Free

About this event:

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Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

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This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for Certificate of Completion.

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English & Language Arts

Key Points

  1. Complete an ELA Unit Planning Template for their coming-of-age book unit that incorporates intellectual rigor, emotional engagement, ethical reflection, and civic agency. 

  2. Explore Facing History’s ELA Unit Planning Guide, which supports the pre-planning and design process for their coming-of-age book unit.

  3. Receive support and feedback from a Facing History Program Associate and fellow teachers on their coming-of-age unit outline.

By the end of this two-day learning series, teachers will walk away with a unit outline for a Coming-of-Age text of their choice that centers students’ identities and experiences as young adults in the world today. In this series, teachers will engage in careful and deep reflection about their identities as educators in relation to the students they serve and the context in which they teach; identify the goals, learning objectives, and student learning outcomes for their unit; craft essential questions that align with their desired outcomes; and create a prompt, description, and timeline for their summative assessment using ten model assessment ideas as starting places for their own assessment design. This work will culminate in the development of a unit outline for a Coming of Age text that will provide students with a mirror to see and explore themes of adolescence that may be emergent in their own lives while also developing their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Throughout the series, teachers will have opportunities to share their planning ideas in community to hear perspectives and get feedback about their unit as they build it.

This event will be hosted in-person at Valley View High School.
Address: 1801 E 6th St, Ontario, CA 91764

Supporting Materials

Certificate of Completion

You will be eligible to receive 14 hours of professional development credit for participation. Check with your school district in advance of the workshop to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.