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 2013

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Matter, Density, and Buoyancy, 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, Amy Barnett

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Who am I? Using Personal Narrative to Reflect on Identity, Mollie Cason

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Cultural Forum: Classical Societies and Western Dominance, Ellie Chernosky

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Scientia Potentia est: The Power of Informational Text, Anna Clark

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Where I Live, Melissa Cole

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Art Critiques and Online Portfolios, Hannah Cone

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Can you persuade me? Learning persuasive writing through research, Christy Custer

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Physical Properties, Leslie Davenport and Heather McOmber

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Economic Policies in 20th Century Latin America: A Case Study on Brazil and the 2014 World Cup, Carly Dodd

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Humanities Approach to an Analyze of Short Stories in the Romantic Period, Mary Mac Elliot and Melissa Exley

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Longitudinal Study of an Aquatic Ecosystem, Maxwell Fazio

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The Grammar Comic Book PBL, Kristina Ford

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Picking the college for you, Salena Gonzales

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Mythology is a Reflection of Culture, Tina Harper

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Why is it there: Placing companies in the United States and Canada, Luaren Heath

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The Power of Persuasion, Lauren Hickey

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Everyday Forces, Michelle Hockley

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Ancient Civilizations: What do we know and how do we know it?, M. Melendy Jacobie

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Understanding Geometry as an Axiomatic System, Danielle Kendrick

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Southern Gothic, Morgan Kern

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Colonial America & Our Founding Documents, John Laymon III

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Inheriting your Wind: Lawrence and Lee’s Lessons in Avoiding Servitude to the “Wise”, Lauren Lee

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Pourquoi Stories, Dan Mallette

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Modeling the World, Jeremy Martin

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Persuasive Essay, Katie Mason

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Sleuthing the Buffalo Wars, Mark A. McCullough

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How Do We Measure?, Kyla Mcglynn

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Where everyone’s PLACE is VALUED: A Numeration Unit, Karen Morrison

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En el vecindario, Leah A. Morton

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Romeo and Juliet is About You: Finding the Self in Drama, Elizabeth Muire

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Huellas del pasado, Shannon Probe

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Transformations in Europe 15th-18th Centuries, Hillary Rodriguez

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Energy Transformations in the Real World, Stephanie Sanders and Dayna Fogle

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Shaping Community - Teamwork and Critical Thinking, Alexander Serna-Wallender

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Páginas de Caras: Willa Cather’s Characters in the Twenty-First Century, Amy Taffet

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AP Language Summer Reading Unit for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Amy R. Thomson

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The Process of Becoming an Expository Writer, Valerie Vied

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Inside and Outside: Wonder and Let’s Relate to Genetics: DNA, Stephany Weaver

Submissions from 2012

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Encuentro entre culturas, Jennifer Aranda and Juanita Castillo

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“Give me the Game”: A Study of Card’s Ender’s Game, J Kat Aylesworth

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Clases y Cultura, Jonelle Bailey

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Spanish I Resumen/ Overview, Jonelle Bailey

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Personal Narratives that Pop!, Lindsey Baker

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Take a Stand for Australia: Considering Australia’s Economic and Environmental Concerns Now and in the Future, Adele Barnett

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Cena Optima (The Best Dinner), Amy Barnett

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Write Your Own Autobiography, Jeanine Capitani

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Geometric Optics, Amanda Chapman

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Study of Identity Formation through The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter, Anna Clark

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Habitats, Leslie Davenport

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Prove Your Point, Ashley Davis

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La Guerra Civil, Merida Elizondo

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Introduction to Poetry, Eloisa Flores

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Energy Resources, Lindsay Freres and Kristen Miceli

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What’s the Weather?, Lisa Hoveland

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Introducing the DBQ Essay Using Personal Evidence, M Melendy Jacobie

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“The Girl Who Was on Fire”: A Study of Archetypes and Mythology in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Melissa Jimenez

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Converting and Ordering Rational Numbers, Danielle Kunetz and Melanie Webb

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The Classical World: Greece and Rome, Kari Matthies

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Heating and Cooling, Kyla McGlynn

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Reread, Rethink, Recycle, Karen Morrison

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Familiares y amigos, Leah A. Morton-Gittens

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: Civil War Through Reconstruction, Becky Orsini and Nick Thomason

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This graph is speaking to me; how do I listen?, Matthew Patty

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Myself and Others, Anne Peppers

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Personal Safety, Anne Peppers

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Texas Regions, Hannah Rinn

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Discovering Uniformly Accelerated Motion, Stephanie Sanders

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Plate Tectonic: Plates and Their Consequences, Alexander Serna-Wallender

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Circuits, Carrie Sites and Melissa Cole

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Explorers, Carrie Sites and Melissa Cole

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AP Literature Summer Reading Unit for My Antonia and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Amy R. Thomson

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Dystopian Literature, Valerie Vied

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Cell Theory and Cell Function, Daisy Wang and Amber Schumacher

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Culture and Identity in your Community and the World, Stephany Weaver and Anne Daly

Submissions from 2011

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¿ Cómo se hace la paella?, Jennifer Aranda and Juanita Castillo

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El arte de contar (The Art of Storytelling), Carol Arnold

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The Individual and Group Dynamics in Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Kat Aylesworth

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COMIDA- Let’s Eat!, Jonelle Bailey

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Family Fun and Facts!, Jonelle Bailey

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Vacation Plans, Jonelle Bailey

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Setting the Scene: Adapting Romeo and Juliet to the 21st Century, Erika Barker and Veronica Pena-Montalvo

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The (Dis)Advantages of City Living and the Passive Voice, Amy Barnett

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Framing Poetry, Sherry Brown

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Measurement: Surviving our Multi-Dimensional World, Courtney Bryand

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Day of the Dead, Jeanine Capitani

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Animal Interdependence, Christy Custer

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La cultura de comida – The culture of food, Merida Elizondo

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Grammar is a Source of Power: Bridging the Gap to Empower the Writer, Tina Harper and Monica Gonzalez

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Life Is Like a Rollercoaster (Physics), Michelle Hockley

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Cause and Effect: Using Expository Writing to Problem-Solve, Mollie Knapp

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The Motif of Sight: Knowledge versus ignorance in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Lauren Lee

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Border Disorder – Cultures in Conflict Throughout the World, Bethany Lorge

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De Vacaciones, Jaclyn Metcalf

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Media Literacy and Rhetorical Analysis with Advertisements, Ellen Mitchell

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Bamboo People—an interdisciplinary unit for high school, Mitzi Moore

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Global Environmental Problems, the ISA way, Mitzi Moore and Kathleen Pedder

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It’s a Small World After All: An Economic Experiment in Trade, Karen Morrison

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Animal Habitats, Beth Morrow and Anne Peppers