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Coming of Age in a Complex World

Designed for middle and high school students, this modular program integrates culturally responsive teaching practices, social-emotional learning, and civic education to create authentic and engaging learning experiences.


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  • English & Language Arts




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.

This collection is designed to be flexible. You can use all of the resources or choose a selection best suited to your classroom. It includes:

  • A  back-to-school toolkit to help you build community with your students
  • A unit planning toolkit for middle and high school ELA and humanities teachers
  • Two text sets with lesson plans and multi-genre texts 
  • A guide for teaching a unit on Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming
  • A guide for organizing book clubs

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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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Facing History and Ourselves is designed for educators who want to help students explore identity, think critically, grow emotionally, act ethically, and participate in civic life. It’s hard work, do we’ve developed some go-to professional learning opportunities to help you along the way.

The resources I’m getting from my colleagues through Facing History have been just invaluable.
— Claudia Bautista, Santa Monica, Calif