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The AVID Elective Class

The AVID Elective Class:

In the AVID elective class we prepare students for the rigor of a college education. AVID defines rigor as: “Rigor is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging.”

The AVID elective classes use WICR strategies to prepare students for the rigor. WICR stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.
 

Writing Curriculum

  • Writing to Learn
  • Writing Process
  • Focus Lessons
  • Timed Writing

Inquiry Method
  • Engage in skillful questioning
  • Higher level thinking
  • Respectful dialogue

Socratic Seminars
  • “A form of structured discourse about ideas and moral dilemmas.”
  • Contribute to the development of vocabulary, listening skills, interpretive and comparative reading, textual analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Develop student-centered dialogue which is at the heart of rigor.
  • Foster understanding of complex ideas and information.

Collaboration
  • Students ask, explore and answer questions.
  • Students are listeners, thinkers, speakers, and writers.
  • Students discover ideas and remember because they are actively involved.
  • Teacher becomes a coach, guiding students in their learning.

Reading to Learn
  • Connect to prior knowledge
  • Understand text structure
  • Use text-processing strategies (during and after reading)
 
 
KHS AVID Course Plan And 4 Year Plan
 
 AVID I: Introduction to College Prep
  • College visits will be local and focus on touring the campus
  • Class Focus will center around WICR and developing college thinkers
  • Guest speakers will focus on the vision of graduating from a 4 year college
  • Field Trips will be local and culturally based

AVIDII: College Rigor
  • College visits will focus on touring the campus and admissions (Focus will be on the universities not often heard of)
  • Class Focus will center around WICR and preparing for college admissions tests
  • Guest speakers will focus on requirements for entering specific colleges and careers
  • Field trips will be mostly local and college based
  • Students must complete AVID1 before they can enroll in AVID2
  • Must take PSAT and must sign up for an online SAT/ACT course


AVID III/ AVID Club: Advanced College Prep/College Life
  • College visits will Focus on touring the campus, admissions and specific departments along with possible classroom observations, discussions with staff and students
  • Class focus will center around WICR and an intense preparation for college admissions tests and scholarships
  • Guest speakers will focus on requirements for entering specific colleges and careers
  • Field trips will be career based
  • Students must complete AVIDI and AVIDII before they can enroll in AVIDIII
  • Students who have completed AVID I and AVID II and are unable to enroll in AVID III may join the AVID Club (Must follow all the rules governing the club and participate in club activities) and have the opportunity to go on college visits and field trips as well as receive information given to AVID III students

AVID IV/ AVID Club: College Ready
  • College visits will focus on student selected campuses, and specific majors along with possible classroom observations, discussions with staff and students
  • Class Focus will center on WICR and an intense preparation for college admissions tests, scholarships, financial aide and college selection. (We will “walk the student right through the university door”)
  • Guest speakers will focus on requirements for entering specific colleges and careers
  • Field trips will be career based for both the group and the individual
  • Students must complete AVID I, AVID II, AVID III and/or completed 1 year in the AVID Club before they can enroll in AVID IV
  • Students who have completed AVID I and AVID II and are unable to enroll in AVID III may join the AVID Club (Students must follow all the rules governing the club) and have the opportunity to go on college visits and field trips as well as receive information given to AVIDIII students.
  • Students may also join the AVID Club if they are unable to enroll in AVID IV.
  • AVID IV students may have an opportunity to work as AVID Tutors (Provided that they are enrolled in the AVID IV class)