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 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, Meghan Harrington and Kyle Anderson

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English II Persuasive Essay, Brianna Johnson

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Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Danielle R. Kendrick

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Practical Writing: The Expository Essay, 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, 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, Leah A. Morton-Gittens

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Outside Reading, Elizabeth IC Muire Ms.

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Playapalooza: Ten-Minute Play Festival, William A. Parker

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Pride and Prejudice UbD, 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, Shannon Probe

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Art History Remix, 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?, Hillary Rodriguez

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

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HoneybeeZZZ, Jordan E. Taylor

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Among The Hidden- Studying The Concept of Self and Connecting To What You Read, Renee E. Ulrich

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Convince Me! A Persuasive Writing Unit for 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, Stephany Weaver

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6th Grade Personal Financial Literacy, Melanie R. Webb

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Powerful Poetry, Jennifer K. Wight and Letty R. Sanchez

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

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Take a Chance on Probabiliy - 7th grade, Melanie R. Webb

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