M/J AVID 6th   (#1700110)

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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is offered as an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success. AVID 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 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, and reading to support their academic growth.

The sixth grade AVID Elective course is an introduction to the AVID philosophy. Students will develop awareness of the values accompanying academic goals and success. The course will focus on building self-confidence and communication skills in working with peers and adults. Students will be exposed to reading strategies that will assist in vocabulary building and understanding a variety of texts, and will also focus on prewriting techniques, summary writing and structural components of note-taking. The students will increase college and career awareness through guest speaker presentations, field trip opportunities and research.

This course shall integrate the Goal 3 Student Performance Standards of the Florida System of School Improvement and Accountability as appropriate to the content and processes of the subject matter.

Course student performance standards must be adopted by the district, and they must reflect appropriate Florida Standards.

Related Avid Standards

Domain CD: Character Development
Cluster 1 Self-Awareness
The student will:
AV.6.CD.1.1 - develop an understanding of SLANT interactions (Sit in the Front, Lean Forward, Ask Questions, Nod your Head, Talk to the Teacher) and apply strategy in all classes
AV.6.CD.1.2 - develop awareness of proper behaviors in varied settings
AV.6.CD.1.3 - complete self-evaluations about conflict management, personal behavior, accomplishments and interactions with others

Cluster 2 Goals
The student will:
AV.6.CD.2.1 - understand how to calculate grade point average
AV.6.CD.2.2 - create an academic six-year plan for secondary education
AV.6.CD.2.3 - read short biographies or articles that focus on goal setting
AV.6.CD.2.4 - understand how to set goals using GPA (Goal, Plan, Action) outline
AV.6.CD.2.5 - monitor guide lines of AVID school contract, in order to fulfill requirements
AV.6.CD.2.6 - practice setting intermediate and short-range goals with GPA outlines, projects, reading assignments, and/or homework

Cluster 3 Community and School Involvement
The student will:
AV.6.CD.3.1 - identify various opportunities to become involved in and contribute to the school/community

Domain COMM: Communication
Cluster 1 Speaking

The student will:
AV.6.COMM.1.1 - understand basic terminology associated with public speaking
AV.6.COMM.1.2 - practice monitoring word choice when speaking
AV.6.COMM.1.3 - understand proper adult salutations (Dr., Mrs., Ms., etc.)
AV.6.COMM.1.4 - develop awareness of nonverbal communication when speaking
AV.6.COMM.1.5 - participate in impromptu speeches to build confidence in public speaking
AV.6.COMM.1.6 - practice speaking skills in front of small groups

Domain WRI: Writing
Cluster 1 The Writing Process

The student will:
AV.6.WRI.1.1 - use pre-writing techniques to brainstorm ideas for writing
AV.6.WRI.1.2 - revise drafts or writing to improve and clarify
AV.6.WRI.1.3 - edit students' essays, especially checking for errors in capitalization and pronoun usage
AV.6.WRI.1.4 - utilize rubrics to self-evaluate writing

Cluster 2 Writing Skills
The student will:
AV.6.WRI.2.1 - understand strategies to write effective paragraphs
AV.6.WRI.2.2 - apply strategies to build and expand on vocabulary/word choice
AV.6.WRI.2.3 - effectively use pronouns in writing
AV.6.WRI.2.4 - use proper capitalization in writing

Cluster 3 Writing Applications
The student will:
AV.6.WRI.3.1 - develop and strengthen writing through the creation of a narrative essay
AV.6.WRI.3.2 - develop and strengthen writing through the creation of an expository essay

Cluster 4 Writing to Learn
The student will:
AV.6.WRI.4.1 - write summaries which include only the most important information
AV.6.WRI.4.2 - reflect on learning from all content areas through the use of learning logs

Domain INQ: Inquiry
Cluster 1 Costa's Levels of Thinking

The student will:
AV.6.INQ.1.1 - develop an awareness of Costa's Levels of Thinking and/or Bloom's Taxonomy

Cluster 2 Tutorials
The student will:
AV.6.INQ.2.1 - establish a foundational understanding for collaborative tutorial skills
AV.6.INQ.2.2 - participate in academic tutorials with peers as group members and college tutors as facilitators, twice per week

Cluster 3 Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Chairs
The student will:
AV.6.INQ.3.1 - introduce the basic components of Philosophical Chairs and Socratic Seminars using topics based on student interest
AV.6.INQ.3.2 - compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by an author and a biography of the same person) in a Socratic Seminar or Philosophical Chairs discussion
AV.6.INQ.3.3 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively), as well as in words, to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue in a Socratic Seminar or Philosophical Chairs discussion

Domain COLL: Collaboration
Cluster 1 Collaborative Skills

The student will:
AV.6.COLL.1.1 - participate in team building lessons to learn about valuing and effectively working with others
AV.6.COLL.1.2 - follow established rules for engaging in collaborative activities
AV.6.COLL.1.3 - engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners

Domain ORG: Organization
Cluster 1 Organization and Time Management

The student will:
AV.6.ORG.1.1 - develop and maintain an organized binder, divided by subjects, which includes a supply pouch and other academically useful materials
AV.6.ORG.1.2 - keep calendars and/or planners for each class which show assignments
AV.6.ORG.1.3 - begin an academic portfolio, demonstrating personal and academic growth
AV.6.ORG.1.4 - publish final versions of writing for the academic portfolio

Cluster 2 Note-Taking
The student will:
AV.6.ORG.2.1 - understand the history and functionality of the Cornell note-taking method
AV.6.ORG.2.2 - utilize Cornell note-taking methods in most classes
AV.6.ORG.2.3 - take four to nine pages of quality Cornell notes per week
AV.6.ORG.2.4 - develop an understanding of the organization surrounding right-column notes
AV.6.ORG.2.5 - develop an understanding of the organization surrounding left-column notes for main ideas and questions
AV.6.ORG.2.6 - develop an understanding of the summary in Cornell note-taking

Cluster 3 Research and Technology
The student will:
AV.6.ORG.3.1 - use technology in assignments and presentations

Cluster 4 Test Preparation and Test-Taking
The student will:
AV.6.ORG.4.1 - develop an understanding of how to prepare for content area final exams, focusing on before, during and after an exam

Domain REA: Reading
Cluster 1 Vocabulary

The student will:
AV.6.REA.1.1 - identify key vocabulary while reading

Cluster 2 Textual Analysis
The student will:
AV.6.REA.2.1 - read and discuss various examples of text, including, but not limited to, articles from magazines and newspapers
AV.6.REA.2.2 - determine the main idea of grade appropriate text
AV.6.REA.2.3 - use multiple reading strategies, including but not limited to, Marking the Text and numbering paragraphs to better understand text
AV.6.REA.2.4 - summarize informational text
AV.6.REA.2.5 - develop awareness of visuals (captions, illustrations, etc.)

Domain CR: College Readiness
Cluster 1 Guest Speakers

The student will:
AV.6.CR.1.1 - choose guest speakers who represent careers of interest and prepare questions for the speakers with teacher support
AV.6.CR.1.2 - use listening skills during presentations by guest speakers, regarding career preparation and attendance at four-year colleges and universities
AV.6.CR.1.3 - write to reflect on learning from guest speaker presentations

Cluster 2 Field Trips
The student will:
AV.6.CR.2.1 - participate in field trips, such as visiting a career/technical education center, community college or cultural/arts venue
AV.6.CR.2.2 - use skills of listening and observing during field trip experiences
AV.6.CR.2.3 - write to reflect on learning from field trip experience(s)

Cluster 3 College and Career Knowledge
The student will:
AV.6.CR.3.1 - use technology to understand differences in postsecondary institutions

General Notes

Special Note: Skills acquired in this course will be implemented by the student across the curriculum. M/J Advancement Via Individual Determination 6 (M/J AVID 6) 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 7 and 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.

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: http://www.cpalms.org/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: 1700110
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Abbreviated Title: M/J AVID 6TH
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 6

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