Curriculum Units

This page contains links to all curriculum units written by National Fellows from Pittsburgh.


Jesse K. Baker, STEAM and Human Centered Design of Biotechnology

Martine Devine, Bringing the Solar System into Our Classroom

Shaasia Jackson, Family of Empathy

Sean Means, Mobilizing Change: Lessons Learned from Obama’s 2008 Campaign


Jesse K. Baker, One Clover and A Bee: The Impacts of Bee Sustainability on Biodiversity in Allegheny County

Sara R. Conway, Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum and Biodiversity in Africa

Lauren Freeman, American Heritage: Unmasked, Unpacked & Uncloaked

Sean Means, Collusion in the Owner’s Box: How Racism and Oppression Have Built the American Sports Industry

Jenna O’Neill, Health and Public Policy


Lauren Freeman, Becoming Butterflies: A Transformative Writing Unit

Sean Means, The Different Shades of the Yellow Bus

Bret M. Plavchak, Who Watches the Watchmen? How Police Militarization Has Subverted the Constitution


Leigh Hall, Reflective Self Portraits: A Study of Oneself through Ekphrastic Poetry and Art

Jennifer (Giarrusso) Mazzocco, Fahrenheit 451 in 2018: Can film bring Ray Bradbury’s classic into the modern age?

Sean Means, The American Dream

Krystal Smith, Decimal Place Value: A Culturally Responsive Approach


Toni Aliskowitz, Identity of Persons with Disabilities: Looking at People and Characters in Novels and Media

James Churilla, Food Preservation: From Edible School Garden to Science Table

Brittany McCann, Solving Problems Multiple Ways: Using Arithmetic and Literature – Hooray!

Beth Pellegrini, Micro Life in a Macro World: Understanding Life at the Microscopic Scale and the Spread of Disease

Debra Titus, America the Beautiful: A Look at Race and Acceptance in America through Poetry


Jennifer Mazzocco, Seeking a Home: The Wiz and the Black Arts Movement

Debra Titus, Reading for Craft through an Author Study

Stephanie Zavacky, Code-Switching: From Indian Boarding Schools to Urban Classrooms


Danyelle Frye, Math is All Around Us: Representing and Solving One-Step Addition and Subtraction Word Problems within 20

Jennifer Giarrusso, How Our Moral Views Shape Our Judgment of Characters in Julius Caesar

Teresa Harrold, Shaping a Multi-Dimensional Villain: Richard III

Tracy Watkins, Pittsburgh: Contending with its Steel Past


Erin Breault, Lights, Camera, Immigration! An Examination of Global Cities Through Film

Cheree Charmello, From Insurgent Listener to Word Warrior: Self-advocating through Spoken Word

Jennifer Mazzocco, The Sestina: Having Fun with Form and Content

Patricia Lee, Defending a Fractions Position

Maria Orton, The magic of microbes may save our lives!

Kristie Reid, Perspectives on Life during the Revolutionary War through the Lens of Art and Literature


Cheree M. Charmello, Living Texts: Analyzing S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders by Thinking, Reading, Acting, and Thinking Again

Sonia Henze, Glory Daze: Gloria Steinem’s Biography Untangles the Mystique of Feminism

Eric J. Laurenson, Fusion: The Energy of the Future?

Sheila McBride, Picturing a Different America: “Reading” Images, Reading Strategies, and Historical Contradiction — Without “Frontloading”?

Maria Orton, Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms on Agriculture


Cheree Charmello, The Truth about Lies: Recognizing Lies, Stereotypes, and Prejudice through Memoir Reading and Writing

Sonia Henze, The American President and War Powers: Combatting views

Kristen Kurzawski, Stylistic Voice and Questions of Speaking for the Voiceless in The Poisonwood Bible

Maria Orton, Risk Analysis of Shale Drilling Mock Trial: Shale we or Shale we not?


Sonia Henze, Reviving American Ideas: The U.S. Constitution, the Anti-Federalists and the 28th Amendment

Eric Laurenson, Building a Heart: The Function and Mechanics

Marsha Liberatore, Reading Independently with the Bluford Series

Sally Martin, Materials for the Future

Nancy VanKirk, I Got the Power! Misconceptions of Recycling Batteries


Vivienne Fae Bartman-McClellan, I Use Sanitizer; Why Do I Still Get Sick?

Jane Fraser, Beyond the Wumps: Exploring Symmetry in Seventh Grade

Sonia Henze, Speak up! Presidential Rhetoric in the Modern Era

Stephanie Johnson, Approaching Literacy: The Lives of Walt Disney, Helen Keller, and Dr. Seuss

Kristen Kurzawski, Demystifying Poetry Using Women’s Ekphrasis

Eric J. Laurenson, Nanotechnology and Quantum Mechanics: Bringing High School Physics into the 21st Century

Rosemary Schmitt, Math and Design


Vivienne F. Bartman, An Investigative Approach to the Brain: The 5 Senses, the 5W’s and an H

Marlene Cabiness, The Audacity of Hope for a Hopeless Generation

Cheree M. Charmello, The Sound Within: An Exploration of Prosodic Elements in Poetry

Stephanie L. Johnson, Experiencing Positive Relationships with Managing the Environment

Eric J. Laurenson, The Brain Desynchronized

Janelle A. Price, King Lear, Part II–It’s All About the Play

Elouise E. White-Beck, The Global Bildungsroman: A Film Study of Individual Identity and Integration into Society