This 7 lesson, 3 week resource focuses on the theme of coming of age. Seven short stories are used, written by a range of authors including Vonnegut, Asimov, Alice Munroe and Langston Hughes. Best practices in reading and literacy instruction are employed and all assignments involve a high level of student interaction with text. Students work collaboratively and independently. They are engaged in arguing and writing and are experimenting with elements of style.