Curriculum Units

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


Taryn Coullier, Stardust Students-Our Class Cosmos of the Stars

Emma Kessler, Racial Inequities in Public School Today: Reflecting on Failures of Brown V Board

Tara McCrone, A Nation of Dreamers: Examining American Immigration and Race through Esperanza Rising

Joanna Minott, Beyond the Rainbow: Investigating the Characteristics of Stars

Karen Mullins, Artist in Action: Examining the Activism of James Weldon Johnson and Augusta Savage

Valerie J. Schwarz, Human-Centered Design of Biotechnology: Where Will We Be without Bees?

Stephen Straus, John Lewis: Examining the Past to Inform Understandings of the Present

Kaitlin Waldron, Giving Voice to the Silenced


Ryan Bennett, Building a Heat-Resilient Community in Richmond, Virginia

LaKendra Butler, Biodiversity in Pocahontas State Park: Being Caretakers with Wildlife Corridors

Taryn Coullier, “Faces in the Frame: More than a Narrative”-The Lives that Frame the True History of the United States through Primary Sources

Sabrina L. Evans, We Are Family: The Importance of Community through an Exploration of Johnathon Upper Elementary Schools

Danielle R. Houdek, Who is in Charge Here?: Examining (in)visibility and Cultural Context of Jim Crow Era Monuments in Elementary Art Education

Andrew Maples, Rhetorical Inquiry Through the Lives of Douglass and Truth

Tara McCrone, Friend or Foe: Human Impact on the Earth’s Ecosystems

Valerie J. Schwarz, What Does a Camel and Vaping Have to Do with Public Policy?


LaKendra Butler, Pen to Paper with Alexander: The Writing Process for No Good, Very Bad Days

Taryn E. Coullier, Grade Level Gavel Student Court: Justice for All

Joseph A. Jackson, Transfer of Energy through a Food Chain

Valerie J. Schwarz, Measuring All Around, Inside and Out: A Unit about Perimeter and Area

Dennis Williams, II, From Polyominoes to Planters: Using Manipulatives and Project-Based Learning to Explore Measurement

Trisha Williams, Geometric, Classroom Object Calculations


LaJuanda Bland, Place Value Meets Multiplication: Utilizing Place Value to Comprehend Multiplication

Angela Brown, A Church Hill: The Birth, Death, Revival But What About the Children?

LaKendra Butler, From Prince to King: Black Panther in Text and Film

Nina Ford, The Spirit Task: African Americans Reclaim Power through Art and Poetry

Elizabeth Mullin, Reflections Upon Reflections: Ekphrasis as Self-Exploration in Middle School ELA

Rodney Robinson, Understanding the System: A History of Prison and the Virginia Juvenile Justice System

Valerie J. Schwarz, Endangered Species, De-Extinction and MANipulation


Irina Alekseeva, Mathematics as a Language of Symbols

Gilbert Carter, Jr., Helping Struggling Readers Build Math Understanding through Word Problems

Yolanda Bezares-Chavez, In Their Own Images

Stevara Clinton, The Power of Extracts

Shannon Foster-Williams, From Panel to Pen: Using Greek Mythology to Create Graphic Stories to Enhance the Writing Process for Young Learners

Tharish Harris, Finding Me, Knowing You: Exploring and Expressing Identity through Language Arts

Valerie Schwarz, Understanding Problems: Using Bar Models with Common Core Taxonomies


Josh Bearman, What is Our Energy Past, Present, and Future?

Danielle Greene, The Constitutional Crisis of Indian Removal

Tharish Harris, Stick to Your Story: Fleshing out Existing Narrative Structures

Valerie Schwarz, Get Charged Up: The Past, Present and Future of Electricity


Melissa Anderson, Creating a Culture of Critical Thinkers in the Mathematics Classroom: Reducing Dependency on Key Words

Jeanne Callahan, Richmond’s Divisive Monuments: A Look into One City’s Debate over Public Art, Memory, and History

Christina Cancelli, Fate or Action: Character Agency & What the 21st Century Student Gains from The Merchant of Venice

Shannon Foster-Williams, The Visual Art of Writing

Libby Germer, A Public History of Public Housing: Richmond, Virginia

Tarie Pace, Recombinant DNA Technology and Global Health

Sobeyda Rivera, Lights, Camera, Action! Reading Children’s Literature through Film in the Spanish Classroom

Valerie Schwarz, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and the Integration of Schools


Christina Cancelli, Re-tweet This: Personal Branding through Social Media is the New Rhetoric of Persuasion

Minerva Jackson, Developing Mathematical Minds – Learning Fractions Through Career and Technical

Rajendra Jaini, Protect My House: Developing a Family Over the Counter Drug Dosage Chart

Stephanie Muller, Don’t Fear the Symmetry: The Poetry of William Blake

Sobeyda Rivera, The Cultural Move: Impact of Mexican Migration on Today’s American Food

Rodney Robinson, Pain to Pride: A Visual Journey of African American Life in 19th Century Richmond, VA

Valerie Schwarz, A Gardenful of Microbes

Rachel Stayton, Eloquence and Authenticity: Who Are You and Why Should I Listen to You?

Kimberly Towne, Making Art Against the Odds: The Triumph of Edmonia Lewis


Taylor Davis, Understanding Character Development Through the Use of Autobiography

Whitney Davis, Giant Reading with The BFG

Kenya Lawrence, Mathematics of Energy Efficiency: Use Less, Save More

Kimberly Towne, One Starfish at a Time: Combining Animals, Art, Literature, and Community Service

Christen Schumacher, Real American: Making Literature a Means for Displacing Native American Stereotypes

Valerie Schwarz, Invisible Richmond: The History Behind the Urban Landscape


Joy Beatty, The Resiliency of the Black Family

Sarah Boyd, An Introduction to African American Participation in Citizenship

Adam Canning, What the Founders could not have Known

Amanda Davis-Holloway, Seussology: Moral Parables and Consumer Culture

Georgia Karns, Inquiry in the Middle School Classroom: Students as Watershed Stewards

Stephen Lewia, The Down-Low (DL) on High Blood Pressure

Valerie Schwarz, Caution! Drug Diffusion Underway: Using Inquiry to Understand How Drugs and the Body Interact

Chantea Wright, Hungry for Knowledge: Using The Hunger Games to teach American Principles of Citizenship


Shamsu Abdul-Aziz, Symmetry and Fractals in the Lungs

Joy Beatty, The Other Side: Experiencing Cultures through the Eyes of My Students

Amanda Davis-Holloway, Strange Fruit: An Exploration of Imagery and Socio-politics of Post-Katrina New Orleans

Rajendra Jaini, Survival Chemistry: Using Everyday Things to Create Energy and Drinking Water

Sarah Keisler, Making Friends with Characters: Exploring Friendship through Literature

Rodney Robinson, The Hip-Hopcracy of America

Valerie Schwarz, Fractions: Building a Strong Foundation Based on Conceptual Understanding


Shamsu Abdul-Aziz, Geometry and the Real World

Holly Banning, American Biographies: Lives Transformed by Literacy

Yolanda Bezares-Chavez, Art and Poetry of the Afro Mestizos

Ram Bhagat, Nanotechnology and Clean Water: How Safe Is Our Drinking Water?

Chante Givens, From the Thoughts of Another: Comprehension through the Genres of Poetry

David Probst, To Persuade or Not to Persuade: The Makings of a Persuasive Speech

Valerie Schwarz, Teaching Principles of Evolutionary Medicine through a Historical Lens

Dean Whitbeck, Connecting to Community: Biography and the Digital Age


Holly Banning, Embracing the Frumious Bandersnatch: Sound, Rhyme, and Nonsense in Poetry for Young Children

Shelley Freedman-Bailey, Memory Boot Camp

Rajendra Jaini, Using Green to Catalyze the Changing of The World

Patricia Kite, Cinderella: A Cross-cultural Story

Lynn Pleveich, Civil Rights: Massive Assistance Resuscitated

Valerie Schwarz, Teaching Ecology Principles through the Study of an Ecosystem

Kimberly Towne, Art is Not Just in the Eye of the Beholder But in the Brain


Emily Betts, Eat to Live: The Connection between Food, Digestion and Diabetes

Ram Bhagat, Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: Recognizing Toxic Chemicals in Foods and Beverages

Shelley Freedman-Bailey, Learning by Mistakes-Bridge Failures

Sarah Kiesler, Take Your Best Guess: Exploring 1, 10 and 100

Valerie Schwarz, Taxes, Rebellion, and the Birth of a New Nation

Jesse Senechal, Our Spiritual Strivings: Understanding African American Identities in a Conflicted American Democracy

Kimberly Towne, To See or Not to See? A Visual Approach to Identity in Shakespeare


Emily Betts, Solar energy: Using Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere to Produce a Viable Fuel Source

Ram Bhagat, Beyond The Atom: Interpreting the Origin of the Elements

Yvette Carter, Latino Children’s Folk Music: A Series of Thematic Writing Exercises

Clary Carleton, Blade Runner Redux: Teaching a Sci-Fi Meta-Art Classic

Cathy Kinzler, Using a Mystery Novel to Encourage Pleasure Reading and Imaginative Thinking

Valerie Schwarz, Dr. Word Problem – Solving Word Problems with the Four Operations Using Singapore Bar Models

Kimberly Towne, Portraits of Places: Maps and Art from the European City View to the Aboriginal Dreamtime Paintings


Clary Carleton, Women in World Cinema: Stories of Struggle and Resistance

Cristian Koshock, Native American Traditions and Identity in the Art Room


Clary Carleton, Looking Forward: Whitman and the Creative Spirit in American Poetry

Carolyn Clark, Discovering Self through Poetry

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