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 2017

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The Kite Runner (11th grade), Alice Bilbrey

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The Chemistry of Making Soap: Chemical and Physical Changes in 6th Grade Science, Samantha Bos

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Forces and Motion (Rube Goldberg PBL), Joy Lindig Brush

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Becoming Critical Analyzers of Data, 6th Grade Math, Claudia Cardenas

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World Religions, Marisa C. Cavin

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Theories Of Politics and Democratic Underpinnings Of The American Constitution, Alex Decker

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Una celebración con la familia (A family celebration) (7th-9th grade), Merida Elizondo and Kara Hargrove

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Language and the Manipulation of Truth, Krissy Ford and Rachel Bellande

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Freak the Mighty: A Quest Through Friendship, Renee E. Gerald

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La tecnología ha evolucionado (12th grade), Josie Hammons

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Confianza en mis habilidades (9th-11th grade), Haley Hansen

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Are the Oceans in Trouble? (8th Grade), Elizabeth Hernandez

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Intro to Geography Concepts and Skills, Angela Juarez

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The English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution (10th-12th grade), Blake R. Keeling

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Awe-Inspiring Advertisements: Becoming More Informed Consumers [3rd Grade], Megan King

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Solving the Mystery of Matter: Physical Properties [5th Grade], Aly Kirchhof

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Characteristics of the Universe (8th grade), Veronica Mansfield and Meggan Partain

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IB Language and Literature Introduction: The Foundations of Western Culture (11th grade), Savannah McDonough

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Energy Forms (5th grade), Javier Melendez

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¿Cómo Eres y Qué Te Gusta Hacer? (Who are you and What do you like to do?) 1A-7th grade, Jaclyn K. Metcalf

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Exploring Expository through Culture, Kathleen Fenske Montoya and Laurette Kirby

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We'll Be There For You: A 3rd-5th Grade Unit on Understanding and Respecting Each Other, Elle V. Norman

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Exploring Statistics Concepts with Student Driven Data and Polls, Matthew Patty

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Communities Change: How Outside Factors Impact Communities [3rd Grade], Shayna Rosenthal

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Poetry Unit (2-4th grade), Samara Sance and Lisa Schmidt

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Macbeth by Shakespeare, Amy R. Thomson and Heather M. Patillo

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A New America: The Gilded Age and Westward Expansion (11th grade), Kelsey Toms

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Rules Rule! (1st grade), Lauren Turley

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How Can I Be a Good Reader? Lessons in Understanding Books (1st-2nd grade), Tara Vaughan

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Meaning behind the Structure: 4th Grade Nonfiction Text Structure and Summary Unit, Anne Waidelich

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Shark Tank Economics, Waynne Warren

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