Coming of Age in a Complex World | Facing History & Ourselves
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Coming of Age in a Complex World

Developed for grades 6–12, this modular collection invites students to explore the complexity of identity and develop a sense of agency as they reflect on what it means to grow up in the world today.


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English — US


  • English & Language Arts




Introducing Coming of Age in a Complex World

The resources in this collection help you diversify the range of stories that students read and combine reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills with ethical and empathic reflection.

The collection includes:

  • Back to School Toolkit to help you build community with your students
  • Three multi-genre text sets with lesson plans and assessment ideas
  • Unit Guide for teaching Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Unit Planning Toolkit and Educator Workbook to help you design a coming-of-age literature unit for a book of your choosing
  • Book Club Guide with the resources and tools to launch student-centered book clubs
  • Whole School Read Planning Guide

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Facing History & 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, so 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