LAV301: AVID 9 (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: AVID
COURSE TITLE: AVID 9
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 9
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum provided by the AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth.
Major Instructional Activities: The ninth-grade AVID Elective course is the first introduction or reintroduction to AVID for students entering high school. Some students will have previous experience with AVID at the middle grades, and some will be experiencing AVID for the first time. The ninth-grade AVID Elective course will serve as a review of the AVID philosophy and strategies. Students will work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Also, students will increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students will prepare for and participate in college entrance and placement exams, while refining study skills and test‐taking, note‐taking, and research techniques. In addition, students will take an active role in field trip and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Students’ college research will include financial topics and building their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest. During the tenth-grade AVID Elective course, students will refine the AVID strategies to meet their independent needs and learning styles. Students will continue to refine and adjust their academic learning plans and goals, increasing awareness of their actions and behaviors. As students increase the rigorous course load and school/community involvement, they will refine their time management and study skills accordingly. Students will expand their writing portfolio to include: analyzing prompts, supporting arguments and claims, character analysis and detailed reflections. Students will also analyze various documents, in order to participate in collaborative discussions and develop leadership skills in those settings. Students will expand their vocabulary use, continuing to prepare for college entrance exams and preparation. Text analysis will focus on specific strategies to understand complex texts. Lastly, based on personal interests and goals, students will narrow down their college and careers of interest
Major Evaluative Techniques: Skill-based strategies in the areas of organization, reading, writing, inquiry and collaboration are assessed via multiple checklists and rubrics available through the AVID Center. Formative assessments are regularly used to differentiate and scaffold instruction. Examples are timed writings, practice of college entrance tests, participation in Socratic Seminars, and other activities. Students regular self-reflect and receive feedback from their peers, tutors and AVID teacher. Students are required to develop and present the Multi-Grade Level Portfolio at the end of each year, representing their work in the AVID Program.
Course Objectives: • Take courses that lead toward meeting the four-year college entrance requirements. • Build character development and communication skills. • Participate in tutorials for academic courses. • Learn and apply AVID skills, including focused note-taking, organization, time management, and goal-setting. • Improve oral communication skills through a variety of activities, including Socratic Seminar, Philosophical Chairs and other structures for collaboration. • Participate in writing to learn activities, including note-taking, learning logs, and essay writing. • Using the rubrics and scoring guides available via the AVID Center, learn to evaluate the writing of others and their own. • Prepare for college entrance examinations, including the SAT and ACT. • Complete and present a Multi-Grade Level Portfolio of their work in AVID.