These units were written during the Summer Curriculum Writing Institute* (SCWI) at Trinity University beginning in 2005 and are added to at the close of the Institute each year. They use the Understanding by Design framework developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Note that earlier units use the UbD original template, while many newer units utilize the 2.0 version. We hope units are useful to teachers developing curriculum globally. If you have any questions about this site, contact Dr. Laura Allen, SCWI Coordinator, at lallen@trinity.edu.

For more information, please see Connecting the Continuum: A University-based Induction Program to Improve Teacher Quality.

*SCWI is an induction support program that invites graduates of Trinity University’s MAT program back to campus for one week each summer to write curriculum for their own classrooms. Participants are paid a stipend for attending and travel and receive 30 CPE hours.

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Submissions from 2016

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Picking Apart Plot (6th grade), Amanda Aird

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Problem Solvers, INC., Caroline Arroyo and Lianet H. Olvera

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Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells (6th grade), Samantha Bos

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Dante's Inferno: Allegory, Hero's Journey, or Epic Poem? Yes! (12th grade), Sherry Brown

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6th Grade Math: Toro Dream House, Claudia Cardenas

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Why We Had To Leave; A Study of Human Rights & Refugees (9th-12th grade), Marisa C. Cavin

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Maps and Distance in Geometry (9th-10th grade), Catherine A. Davison

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Deconstructing Reconstruction: American Reconstruction from 1865-1877 (8th-11th grade), Alex Decker and Blake R. Keeling

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Finding Our Strengths: Creating a Strong Classroom Community (3rd-6th grade), Emily B. Delgado

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AP Chemistry: Bonding and Intermolecular Forces (11th-12th grade), Carrie Duesing

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La Bienvenida (Grades 7-9), Merida Elizondo

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Middle Survival Guide -- ELA [6th Grade], Elizabeth E. Grenadier and Christie M. Manners

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La cultura de deseos y necesidades (7th-12th grade), Haley Hansen

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Colonization: Evaluating the right of groups to settle other lands [8th grade], Elizabeth A. Hunt

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Who's Got the Steady Beat? (6th-8th grade), Valerie Jeannin

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¿Quieres Ir Conmigo? (6th-7th grade - Spanish), Jaclyn K. Metcalf

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Cellular Metabolism: AP Biology, Tiffany Montoya

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Imagination Station: Teaching 2nd Graders to Publish Fictional Stories Using Story Elements, Elle V. Norman

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Improvisation: Skills for Theatre and Life, William A. Parker

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Mi heroe, Carol Passant

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Weather or Not We Should Go Outside [3rd grade], Stephen R. Sackett

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Greek Tragedies: Oedipus the King and Antigone (Grade 10), Amy R. Thomson and Heather M. Patillo

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Varied Approaches to Shape, Marie-Claire A. Valdez

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“Capturing a Character”: A unit for teaching 2nd-grade students how to understand literary characters, Samantha S. Voris and Stephanie M. Wilson

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Linear Relationships (Algebra) (8th-9th grade), Melanie R. Webb and Nicole D. LeGrone

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Chemistry of Uniqueness and Value: An Introductory First-Year Chemistry Investigation for High School Sophomores, Katelin A. Whittaker

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Place Value: Representing And Comparing Numbers (1st grade), Marian R. Zelaya and Leah Sanchez

Submissions from 2015

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STAAR EOC Expository Essay [9th-12th grade], J. Kat Aylesworth

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Addition and Subtraction with Decimals Review [6th grade], Samantha Bos

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Artist as Chemist [10th grade], Bonnie Brawner

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Los impactos de los seres vivos en el medioambiente (The Impact of Human Beings in the Environment) [2nd grade], Graceanne S. Brim

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Heart of Darkness: A Critical Approach to Marlow's Character, Sherry Brown

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Microbe Hunters: Pioneers of the Microscopic World [7th grade], Joy Brush and Jaime Jaen

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A World on Fire: The Age of Revolutions [10th grade], Marisa C. Cavin

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Personal Narrative Genre Study [4th grade], Emily B. Delgado

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Mind[set]fulness: How Can I Control My Brain?, Abbey M. Drake

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Why does Matter Matter?, Carrie Duesing and Carolyn Martin

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Casas del Mundo [8th-9th grade], Merida Elizondo

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Story Elements for Kindergarten, Renee D. Faulk

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Torque and Rotational Motion (11th grade), Connor Gorman and Leslie Salazar

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Sky Patterns [2nd grade], Analeasa Holmes and Rachel Capetillo

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Sectionalism Before the Civil War: Justified or Not?, Elizabeth A. Hunt

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The Basics: Geometric Structure, Danielle Kendrick

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Why Do I Need Math? [7th grade], Dory Lopez

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It’s All Greek to Me [6th grade], Grace R. Marengo Sanchez and Alex Karamol

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The American Empire: Age of Imperialism (America Journey) [7th grade], Mark A. McCullough

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¡Mantente en forma! [10th grade], Leah A. Morton-Gittens

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Why Can't I Have Everything I Want? [2nd grade], Elle V. Norman

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Playbuilding: Devised Theatre in the Classroom, William A. Parker

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Cuerpo sano, mente sana: Healthy Living ¡en español! [8th-10th grade], Shannon Probe

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Where I Live (2nd grade), Lauren E. Pum Ms and Leslie D. Montoya Mrs

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Bullydozing with Kevin Henkes [2nd grade], Kendra E S Salas

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Exploring Quadratic Functions through Angry Birds [8th grade], Amber M. Sanchez

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Understanding U.S. Coins to Spend and Save (1st grade), Jordan E. Taylor, Eloisa Perez, and Rebecca Zelaya

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Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Amy R. Thomson and Heather M. Patillo

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Top Secret: Understanding Characters! [3rd grade], Renee E. Ulrich

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Effective Arguments: Julius Caesar and Current Opinion Pieces [10th Grade], Valerie E. Vied

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Show Me Your Expertise: 4th Grade Expository Writing Unit, Anne Waidelich

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Reconstruction: Could you do it better?, Waynne Warren

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Politics, Power, and Influence: How to Create Your Own State., Waynne Warren and Tyler R. Woolsey

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Data Displays [6th grade], Melanie R. Webb

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AP Chemistry: Bonding + Periodic Table Review + Extension [11th-12th grade], Katelin A. Whittaker

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Atoms and Elements [6th grade], Jennifer J. Wray

Submissions from 2014

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Geometric Reasoning, Claire B. Baxter

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Personal Cultural Identity and Literature, Sherry Brown

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Animal Needs and Habitats, Erin E. Clay

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Forensic Chemistry, Carrie Duesing and Bonnie Brawner

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Physical Geography [9th grade], Meghan Harrington and Kyle Anderson

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English II Persuasive Essay [10th grade], Brianna Johnson

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Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Danielle R. Kendrick

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Practical Writing: The Expository Essay [9th grade], Morgan K. Kern

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Cultural Evolution of Ceramics, Shelby Lenderman

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Changing Times: The Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, and Reformation [6th grade], Bethany Lorge

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Insert Novel Here: a Metacognitive Study of the Reading Process, Dan Mallette

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The Shakespearean Sonnet, Ryan Markmann

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Pueblos y ciudades [10th grade], Leah A. Morton-Gittens

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Outside Reading [9th-12th grade], Elizabeth IC Muire Ms.

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Playapalooza: Ten-Minute Play Festival [10th-12th grade], William A. Parker

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Pride and Prejudice UbD [9th grade], Heather M. Patillo and Amy R. Thomson

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Physical Properties of Matter, Eloisa Perez

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¡Saludos!: Greetings & Introductions for Spanish 1 [7th-9th grade], Shannon Probe

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Art History Remix [6th-8th grade], Andrea Puentes

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Visual Art 6 Ecosystem Landscape Drawing, Claire F. Ramirez Ms.

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Positive Consequences of Catastrophic Events? [10th grade], Hillary Rodriguez

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An Introduction to Inquiry Labs in Physics, Stephanie D. Sanders and Noe Perez

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HoneybeeZZZ [1st grade], Jordan E. Taylor

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Among The Hidden- Studying The Concept of Self and Connecting To What You Read [6th grade], Renee E. Ulrich

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Convince Me! A Persuasive Writing Unit for 2nd Grade [2nd grade], Samantha S. Voris and Stephanie Wilson

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The Civil War - A Deadly Dinner Party, Waynne S. Warren

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Your Story and My Story: GenreStudy on Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice [6th grade], Stephany Weaver

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Personal Financial Literacy [6th grade], Melanie R. Webb

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Powerful Poetry [1st grade], Jennifer K. Wight and Letty R. Sanchez

Submissions from 2013

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Matter, Density, and Buoyancy [6th-8th grade], Reid Agan

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Explain Yourself: An Expository Writing Unit for High School, Adele Barnett

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Subject and Direct Object [8th-9th grade], Amy Barnett

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Who am I? Using Personal Narrative to Reflect on Identity [6th grade], Mollie Cason

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Cultural Forum: Classical Societies and Western Dominance [10th grade], Ellie Chernosky

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Scientia Potentia est: The Power of Informational Text [8th grade], Anna Clark

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Where I Live [2nd grade], Melissa Cole

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Art Critiques and Online Portfolios, Hannah Cone