How to Develop Your Own TILT

  1. Explore our Free Resources for Teachers: Online TILT Unit Plans (Top right of the CE-MIST 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) TILT Grant Application form
    b) Daily Lesson Plans Template
    c) 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: and we will add it to our website.

CE-MIST/Aiken Writing Project Traveling Interdisciplinary Literacy Trunks (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 $800 per trunk. The trunks are funded through the Aiken Sunrise Rotary Club and the Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST).

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Aiken Writing Project

Dr. Deborah McMurtrie, Director
USC Aiken School of Education
471 University Parkway, Box 28
Aiken, SC 29801