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TILTs Available for Check-Out through the RPSEC

Includes Unit Guides, Lesson Plans, Implementation Guides, Materials List

For more information about reserving a trunk for your classroom, please e-mail us at travelingscience@usca.edu or call (803) 641-3683.

TILTs for K-2
Amazing Animals (K-2) (3319)

TILTs for Grade 1
Fractured Fairy Tales (3301)
Exploring Light and Shadows (3312)
Let it Grow (3317)
Planting Seeds of Knowledge

TILTs for Grade 2
Trunk of Tales: Paul Buyan and Friends (3313)

TILTs for Grade 4
Headin' West (3272)
Our Great Nation (3283)
Can You Hear Me Now (3318)
Explore the Civil War (3316)

TILTs for Grade 5
America's Role in World War II (3299)

TILTs for Grade 6
Ancient Egypt (3271)
Ancient Greece (3274)
Ancient Rome (3275)
Medieval Times (3266)
The Great Wall of China (3272)
James Matthews Legare: An Aiken Poet and Inventor (3276)

TILTs for Grade 7
The Holocaust (3267)
Mission Impossible: The Vietnam War (3278)
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire & The Industrial Revolution (3277)
The Roaring Twenties (3282)

TILTs for Grade 8
Edgewood (3269)
Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886 (3265)
SC Culture and the Cold War (3268 and 3284)
Native American Culture (3279)
A Poet, A Potter, and A Slave: What David Drake Can Teach Us (3280)

TILTs for High School
Success After High School (3306)


What are TILTs?

Traveling Interdisciplinary Literacy Trunks (TILTs) are teacher-designed, interdisciplinary units of study that are aligned with academic standards from multiple content areas with an emphasis on writing across the curriculum. Teachers compete annually to develop grade-level units and purchase instructional materials with a budget of $600 to $800 per trunk. The trunks are funded through the Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST) and the Aiken Writing Project.

TILT unit plans developed through this project are now available, free of charge, to all teachers. In addition, some of the trunks have been duplicated and are available for check-out through the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center’s Traveling Science and Mathematics Demonstrations Program. Each completed TILT includes a unit plan, children’s literature, class sets of novels, science equipment, math manipulatives, teacher resource lists, and more. For more information about reserving a trunk for your classroom, please e-mail us at travelingscience@usca.edu or call (803) 641-3683.

Teachers may also use our CE-MIST forms and templates (below) to develop their own units.

NEW: TILT Grant Application Form (open to Aiken Writing Project Summer Institute participants)

How to Develop Your Own TILT

(NOTE: To download Word (.doc) documents, right-click on the link. If you left-click, you might receive an error message.)

  1. Explore our Free Resources for Teachers: Online TILT Unit Plans (Top right of this page)
  2. Ask your grade level team to trade content area standards. Use our Brainstorming Graphic Organizer to generate ideas for topics that could connect your standards.
  3. Look at three CE-MIST TILT templates:
    a) CE-MIST Unit Plan Template (or use TILT Grant Application form)
    b) CE-MIST Daily Lesson Plans Template
    c) CE-MIST Implementation Guide Template
  4. Take a virtual shopping trip to build your unit's text set (children's literature, films, maps, websites, etc.). If you plan to purchase materials, you may find this Budget Planning & Purchase Order Form helpful.
  5. Draft 3 Essential Questions for your unit.
  6. Look at our Writing Across the Curriculum Teaching Strategies list. How might you engage your students in writing across the curriculum? How could you use pre-writing strategies?
  7. Think about the instructional strategies you might use. You might get ideas from our list of Suggested Instructional Strategies.
  8. How will you address modalities of learning and differentiating instruction? How will you assess your students?
  9. Look at all 10 elements of our CE-MIST Unit Plan Rubric.
  10. If you would like to share your completed unit with us, please send it to: rpsec@usca.edu and we will add it to our website.

Please direct inquiries to:

Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST)
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
USCA, 471 University Parkway, Box 3, Aiken, SC 29801

(803) 641-3313 from Augusta 278-1967 Ext. 3313


Aiken Writing Project

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URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/CE-MIST/Trunks/CE-MIST_TILT.html (November 2018)