GEAR Up 2   (#1700610)

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General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a program designed to increase students’ aspirations toward high school and beyond and ultimately increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for college readiness and success. Students will receive instruction, supported by state standards, in areas that include:

  • Student Agency -  activities that focus on student initiative, problem solving, decision making, leadership, and community involvement;
  • Rigorous Academic Preparedness - academic success skills with activities that focus on writing, mathematics, collaboration, public speaking, and organization; and
  • College and Careers - activities related to college preparation and building career knowledge.

This course will target students in the academic middle with the desire to attend college and the willingness to work hard. Through participation in this course, students will be well equipped to access and complete rigorous courses with the end goal being matriculation into and completion of postsecondary educational programs.   

Eligibility for this course could be be determined by the student’s grade 9 FSA scores and Lexile levels. Students scoring at FSA Levels 2/3 and with a Lexile level = 680 could be given priority for this course.  

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:


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: 1700610
Abbreviated Title: GEAR UP 2
Number of Credits: One (1) credit
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Draft - Course Pending Approval

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Expository Writing: Eyes in the Sky (Part 3 of 4):

Learn how to write an introduction for an expository essay in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is the third part of a four-part series. In previous tutorials in this series, students analyzed an informational text and video about scientists using drones to explore glaciers in Peru. Students also determined the central idea and key details of the text and wrote an effective summary. In part three, you'll learn how to write an introduction for an expository essay about the scientists' research. 

This tutorial is part 1 of a four-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Avoiding Plagiarism: It's Not Magic:

Learn ways to help you avoid plagiarism in this interactive tutorial. You will also learn how to follow a standard format for citation and how to format your research paper using MLA style. Along the way, you will also learn about master magician Harry Houdini. This tutorial is part two of a two-part series on research writing.

Part One should be completed before Part Two. Click to view Part One.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Careful Choices: Integrating Information and Selecting for Style:

Learn how language functions in different contexts, and you will learn how to make effective choices for meaning or style in your own writing. You will learn how to integrate information into an original text selectively in order to maintain the flow of ideas, avoid plagiarism, and follow a standard format for citations while integrating source texts. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to read a source text, select relevant information from that text, and selectively integrate that information into your own writing, while correctly citing your sources.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Planning Argument Writing: E-Waste (Part 1 of 4):

Learn how to create an outline to help you prepare to write an essay. You will read an informational text about technotrash, also called electronic waste or e-waste. Then, you will work on creating an outline that could help you write an argumentative essay about this topic. The outline will include a claim or thesis statement, main ideas, reasons, evidence, counterclaims, and rebuttals.  

This interactive tutorial is part 1 in a 4-part series about writing an essay. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

Part 1 - Planning Argument Writing: E-Waste

Part 2 - Introductions in Argument Writing: E-Waste

Part 3 - Body Paragraphs in Argument Writing: E-Waste

Part 4 - Conclusions in Argument Writing: E-Waste

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Eliminating Exotics: Identifying and Assessing Research for Quality and Usefulness:

Explore the topic of invasive exotics in Florida while you learn to distinguish relevant from irrelevant information in research sources, identify authoritative sources from a group of varied resources, and dissect a research question in order to identify keywords for a search of resources. With this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn to use advanced search features to find appropriate sources to address a research question and assess the usefulness of sources when addressing a specific research question. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial


OWL Purdue: MLA Works Cited:

Learn how to create a Works Cited page with this step-by-step guide. A short video walks you through all of the formatting and style choices you need to make for your next source-based paper. It specifically explains what information must be included for the following sources: books, articles, maps, newspapers, websites, and more.

Type: Tutorial

Effective Writing: Organization :

This activity from the Online Tutorial for Effective Writing from Northern Illinois University provides you with a pre-test to identify any weaknesses in understanding how to organize and revise your writing. After reviewing the mini-lesson on the missed items, you will be presented with additional interactive quizzes for each error type. The arrows at the bottom of each mini-lesson will lead you to these quizzes for extra practice and support.

Type: Tutorial

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism:

This tutorial from Cornell University includes the what, why, how, and when of documenting sources in a research paper. You will learn what plagiarism is, when and how to document sources, the difference between primary and secondary sources, and definitions of the following words: documentation, citation, and reference. Afterward, you will have a chance to identify correct and incorrect examples of proper documentation.

Type: Tutorial

Slowing Down Time (in Writing and in Film):

In this animated video from TEDed, you will learn how to draw a parallel between film and writing in order to identify the principles of effective writing. You will then be able to improve your own writing using these skills.

Type: Tutorial

The Power of a Great Introduction:

In this animated video from TEDed, you will learn the process of writing a thesis and introduction in a clear and insightful manner. Looking at Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, you will identify the fundamentals of writing a great introduction by examining these masterpieces.

Type: Tutorial

MLA Format and Documentation:

In this tutorial you will learn how to use MLA format and documentation in your academic papers. You will be able to work at your own pace. Also, throughout the tutorial you will receive plenty of examples to model in your paper.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Principles of Composition:

This is a comprehensive guide that can help students with writing. This resource includes materials that will help students write in different formats, including personal essays, cause/effect papers, essays about literature, and research papers. There are materials that will help students with different aspects of the writing process, including how to develop an introduction or conclusion, how to write a thesis statement, and how to effectively use transitions.

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.

The following standards are also included in this course to support students' understanding of the course objectives.

  • Evaluate the impact of decisions on others.
  • Increase awareness and apply basic concepts of budgeting, spending, and making responsible financial decisions.
  • Develop a support network, including peers and adults, for academic and future success.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of positive self-worth and recognize limits in the emotional capacity of individuals.
  • Identify personal attributes as areas of strength or weakness; Differentiate between individual strengths and weaknesses as motivators and/or limiters.
  • Celebrate self-advocacy as a personal strength.
  • Accept weaknesses as an opportunity for change.
  • Identify personal conflict management style.
  • Transform passive and aggressive statements into constructive, assertive statements.
  • Hold self and peers accountable for following group norms about shared responsibility.
  • Distinguish between effective and ineffective language during interactions.
  • Refine usage of non-verbal communication when speaking, including body language and eye contact.