M/J AVID 7th   (#1700120)

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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 that utilizes a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum provided by 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.  Additionally, students engage in activities centered around exploring college and career opportunities and their own agency.

The 7th grade AVID elective course builds upon the foundational components of the AVID philosophy.  Students will refine short- and long-term goals and, as a result, being to understand the value in taking charge of their actions.  They will start working on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills as well as formal and informal speech.  Students will complete self-evaluations and peer evaluations related to reading, writing, organization, and speaking.  In broadening their writing practice, students will begin considering audience, purpose, and form in their writing.  Students will take an active role in their learning, understanding the roles of all members in assignments and collaborative lessons.  They will expand their knowledge base regarding note-taking in relation to studying and test preparation.  Students will be exposed to various field trips, guest speakers, and research to increase their knowledge of college and career options.

AVID curriculum books used:

AVID College and Careers

AVID Critical Thinking and Engagement

AVID Reading for Disciplinary Literacy

AVID Secondary Implementation Resource

AVID Tutorial Guide

AVID Writing for Disciplinary Literacy

Supplemental materials course include the following:

AVID Weekly®, Supporting Math in the AVID ElectiveWrite Path content-area books, focused note-taking resources, and my.avid.org Curriculum Book Webpages


Student Agency (SA)

  • Student Empowerment
  • Leadership of Others

Rigorous Academic Preparedness (AP)

  • Writing
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Reading

Opportunity Knowledge (OK)

  • Advancing College Preparedness
  • Building Career Knowledge


Student Empowerment

AV.7.SA.1.1   Explore and experience extracurricular and community service activities within the school and community

AV.7.SA.1.2   Evaluate the impact of decisions on the environment

AV.7.SA.1.3   (a) Identify activities that assist with self-care and healthy habits; (b) Identify areas that need attention and develop goals to address those areas

AV.7.SA.1.4   Increase awareness and apply basic concepts of budgeting, spending, and making responsible financial decisions

AV.7.SA.1.5   Develop a support network that includes peers and adults for academic and future success

AV.7.SA.1.6   Explore how individual motivators and self-monitoring of motivation impact academic performance

AV.7.SA.1.7   Seek help related to areas of need

AV.7.SA.1.8   Determine personal levels of grit and perseverance in relation to growth mindset

AV.7.SA.1.9   Establish self-awareness strategies and skills, including SLANT (Sit with proper posture, Lean forward and listen, Ask pertinent questions, Nod your head "yes" or "no," Talk with your teachers)

AV.7.SA.1.10Make connections between key learning points and new contexts

Leadership of Others

AV.7.SA.2.1   Identify traits connected to responsibility, integrity, and ethical interactions with others

AV.7.SA.2.2   Pursue leadership opportunities across the school

AV.7.SA.2.3   (a) Identify personal conflict-management style; (b) Transform passive and aggressive statements into constructive, assertive statements



AV.7.AP.1.1   (a) Develop writing skills related to descriptive and expository modes of writing; (b) Generate multiple ideas that support, explain, or enhance the writing topic or theme; (c) Compose first drafts using ideas and information gathered during pre-writing

AV.7.AP.1.2   Analyze a writing task to determine the purpose, format/style, and audience

AV.7.AP.1.3   Write multiple drafts with increasing depth based on feedback and observations

AV.7.AP.1.4   Analyze and edit sentence structure to create interest and complexity

AV.7.AP.1.5   Publish writing to entire class, such as an oral presentation

AV.7.AP.1.6   (a) Take notes with an emphasis on recording main ideas and important information; (b) Take notes with an emphasis on condensing information by using abbreviations/symbols/paraphrasing

AV.7.AP.1.7   Summarize by pulling together the most important information and personal connections related to the objective and/or Essential Question


AV.7.AP.2.1   Develop inquiry skills through focused observation and analysis

AV.7.AP.2.2   Identify the specific point of confusion related to a misunderstood concept or problem

AV.7.AP.2.3   Determine whether similar problems could be solved using the same steps/process 

AV.7.AP.2.4   Reflect on learning to make connections between new learning and previous experiences

AV.7.AP.2.5   Reflect on learning strategies that were employed, whether those strategies were effective, and how methods could be adjusted in the future

AV.7.AP.2.6   Reflect on a process that was used, whether that process was effective, and how methods could be adjusted in the future

AV.7.AP.2.7   Brainstorm ideas for research topics to address a research prompt

AV.7.AP.2.8   Determine the relevance, validity, and reliability of information found in sources

AV.7.AP.2.9   Organize information, sources, and data that support the research prompt

AV.7.AP.2.10 Integrate quotations to support claims, citing locations and references to texts

AV.7.AP.2.11 Publish research to entire class, such as an oral presentation


AV.7.AP.3.1   Hold self and peers accountable for following group norms about shared responsibility

AV.7.AP.3.2   Summarize points of agreement and disagreement from varying perspectives

AV.7.AP.3.3   Deepen relational capacity with classmates through effective conflict management

AV.7.AP.3.4   Establish norms and expectations around respectful interactions among group members

AV.7.AP.3.5   Ask clarifying questions to group members to facilitate understanding

AV.7.AP.3.6   Utilize technology to collaborate with classmates and community members

AV.7.AP.3.7   (a) Distinguish between effective and ineffective language during interactions; (b) Refine usage of nonverbal communication when speaking, including body language and eye contact

AV.7.AP.3.8   Demonstrate active listening skills during academic conversations

AV.7.AP.3.9   Utilize academic vocabulary when communicating

AV.7.AP.3.10 Speak effectively before small groups of peers


AV.7.AP.4.1   (a) Refine usage of organizational tools (e.g., binders/eBinders, portfolios, or digital folders) and systems that support academic success; (b) Maintain an activity log or tracking system for community extracurricular activities and hours

AV.7.AP.4.2   (a) Utilize an organizational tool to record obligations and constraints on time; (b) Demonstrate the process of backward mapping

AV.7.AP.4.3   Identify the steps necessary to accomplish goals

AV.7.AP.4.4   Identify reasons for why progress is or isn't being made toward accomplishing goals

AV.7.AP.4.5   Apply visual frameworks to organize language and comprehend key concepts


AV.7.AP.5.1   Assess whether a text is appropriate according to the reading purpose

AV.7.AP.5.2   (a) Make predictions about the text using text features; (b) Assess relevant prior knowledge and identify gaps

AV.7.AP.5.3   Utilize tools to deepen understanding of vocabulary

AV.7.AP.5.4   (a) Mark the text to accomplish the reading purpose through the lens of a content expert; (b) Identify the key components of a text related to the reading purpose

AV.7.AP.5.5   Extend beyond the text by evaluating and synthesizing key learning


Advancing College Preparedness

AV.7.OK.1.1   Define key personal attributes for academic, social, and financial fit related to college selection

AV.7.OK.1.2   (a) Explore the significance of GPA at different stages of the academic journey; (b) Explore college options and terminology

AV.7.OK.1.3   Evaluate personal level of readiness for scholarship eligibility

AV.7.OK.1.4   (a) Reflect on how academic plans and course completion support progress toward desired major; (b) Determine which courses or opportunities align with college goals and plans; (c) Explore campus-, district-, or community-based opportunities to earn college credit in high school (dual credit, online learning, etc.)

AV.7.OK.1.5   (a) Explore match schools, reach schools, and safety schools in order to determine the best academic fit during the selection process; (b) Prepare for college entrance exams

Building Career Knowledge

AV.7.OK.2.1   Define key personal attributes for academic, social, and financial fit related to career selection

AV.7.OK.2.2   Explore career fields and career pathways, including what resources and opportunities are available locally

AV.7.OK.2.3   Investigate best-fit career fields based on academic, social, and financial fit

AV.7.OK.2.4   Reflect on how academic plans and course completion support progress toward desired career field

General Notes

Special Note: Skills acquired in this course will be implemented by the student across the curriculum. M/J Advancement Via Individual Determination 7 (M/J AVID 7) is a rigorous course offered by AVID Center, and content must be provided as specified by AVID Center. Students who are successful in this course will be on the appropriate pathway to success in M/J AVID 8. Teachers must receive training from AVID Center to teach this course.

Trained AVID Elective teachers may visit www.avid.org, and log into their MyAVID account using their AVID username and password; then follow https://my.avid.org/file_sharing/default.aspx?id=24544 to access the AVID Weeks at a Glance curriculum and resources for grades 6-12.

Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit https://www.cpalms.org/Standards/BEST_Standards.aspx and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/si.pdf

Version Requirements

These requirements include, but are not limited to, the Florida Standards that are most relevant to this course. Standards correlated with a specific course requirement may also be addressed by other course requirements as appropriate. Some requirements in this course are not addressed in the Florida Standards. Other subject areas and content may be used to fulfill course requirements. This course includes an agreement related to minimum standards for behavior, attendance, and participation.


As well as any certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree.

General Information

Course Number: 1700120
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J AVID 7TH
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: State Board Approved
Grade Level(s): 7

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