According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (nationsreportcard.gov) more than two-thirds of students read below grade level. AVID Weekly: Literacy Connections Schoolwide provides educators with robust lesson plans for teaching students how to access rigorous texts.
AVID Weekly: Literacy Connections Schoolwide brings disciplinary literacy to life in a blended learning environment.
- Lessons are written for teachers by teachers and are aligned with AVID’s critical reading process.
- Every lesson incorporates tools, strategies, and scaffolds to ensure that students can read, comprehend, and connect the content to their learning through the use of WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) instructional methodologies.
Providing students with opportunities to engage in deep learning through disciplinary literacy can close opportunity and expectation gaps, which contribute to achievement gaps.
- AVID Weekly: Literacy Connections Schoolwide lessons prompt students to apply literacy skills to complex and engaging texts while building their background knowledge.
About This Experience
Literacy unlocks meaning in every content area
AVID Weekly: Literacy Connections Schoolwide prepares students for the literacy demands of college and career as students engage with content designed to teach disciplinary literacy, or what it means to read, write, speak, and think like mathematicians, scientists, engineers, historians, or a wide variety of additional content experts. Success in college and career requires having the tools to navigate different content areas differently.
Literacy connections cultivated schoolwide
Lessons are designed to be easy for educators to teach, and articles are selected because they are relevant across multiple subject areas. The same article and lesson can be used in almost every content area with different focus areas and different reading purposes and outcomes.
For example, an article and lesson focused on analyzing how Burger King is combatting climate change by helping its cows be less gassy could be relevant in almost every content area. The same strategies would be used but the learning outcomes would look different:
- Art – students engage with the article and lesson before designing a logo for Burger King.
- Math – students engage with the article and lesson before creating charts or graphs that best represent the author’s argument.
- Science – students engage with the article and lesson before engaging in additional research connected to the lesson.
- ELA – students engage with the article and lesson through the lens of analyzing the author’s tone and language appropriate for the intended audience.
Schoolwide implementation of research-based instructional practices
Every lesson includes:
- WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) strategies.
- Both general academic and content-specific vocabulary words are taught through a wide variety of strategies.
- Student engagement in each phase of the critical reading process.
- Scaffolding, differentiation, and support are incorporated.
- Blended learning strategies, tools, and support through the “Blended Learning Toolkit.”
Frequently Asked Questions
- Relevant articles and engaging lessons that foster consistent literacy practices schoolwide.
- High-quality lessons that model research-based literacy best practices within a blended learning environment.
- Texts, videos, infographics, and images that are high-interest and engaging and can be used in almost every content area.
- The critical reading process is taught, modeled, and practiced schoolwide.
- Students are explicitly taught strategies and skills for comprehending rigorous texts.
- Lessons are designed to teach content through literacy.
- Math and/or science lessons are featured monthly.
- Articles are selected for their relevance in multiple subject areas.
- Strategies are selected intentionally to support the teaching of content through the development of literacy skills.
- Texts and lessons provide students the opportunity to practice disciplinary literacy as they analyze texts like mathematicians and scientists.
- Articles and lessons come out monthly.
- Student resources available in multiple digital formats (Google Docs, PDF, Word, Pages).
- Lexile levels provided for every article.
- Seven lessons connected to texts are provided per month that include Foundational, Intermediate, Advanced, Postsecondary, ELL, and Video/Text Synthesis.
- There are an additional six articles, two images, and one set of pro/con articles each month.