Junior Avid III kenwood academy mrs. Dillon Office hours: 2nd, 4th periods or by appt. Phone

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Junior Avid III


Mrs. Dillon

Office hours: 2nd, 4th periods or by appt.

Phone: 773-535-1350 ext. 27451 E-mail: lpspicer@cps.edu
Prerequisite: Completion of AVID I and AVID II courses. There is no honors option.
Description: This course prepares students for the two-day Prairie State Achievement Exam. Day one is the ACT college entrance exam with writing and day two is the Work Keys reading and math with a science test by the Illinois State Board of Education. These classes will focus on test-taking strategies as well as on basic content in the areas listed in the College Readiness Standards.
Standards: This class addresses the following standards as listed in the College Readiness Standards available at http://www.act.org/standard/index.html. The main topics covered include: (ENGLISH) topic development, organization, unity, and coherence, word choice, style, tone, clarity, & economy, sentence structure and formation, usage, punctuation; (MATH) basic operations, probability, statistics, and data analysis numbers: concepts and properties, expressions, equations, and inequalities; (READING) identifying main ideas and author’s approach, supporting details, sequencing, comparisons, cause/effect, meanings of words, generalizations and conclusions; (SCIENCE) interpretation of data, scientific investigation, evaluations of models, inferences, and experimental results; (WRITING) expressing judgment, focusing on a topic, organizing, using English, and developing a position.
Grading Scale: A >90%, B>80%, C>70%, D>60%, F<60% Earning a D or above results in .5 credits per semester (1 credit for the entire year). Students will earn consumer education credit (needed for graduation) if they complete the necessary work. Tests are worth 25%, in- class assignments (including tutorials) are worth 40%, your binder is worth 20%, homework is worth 10%, and class participation is worth 5% of the overall grade.
General Layout of the Curriculum:

Classes will focus on the four-pronged college prep goal:

  • ACT prep (English, math, reading, science, and writing)

  • Work Keys prep (reading for info and math)

  • College Planning

  • Consumer Ed


Materials needed: loose leaf paper, several blue or black pens, pencils with erasers, a TI-83 calculator, a binder with 7 tabs, and any extra materials will be announced in class.

Honor Code: we follow the UDC with special attention to cheating, fighting, & attendance
Expectations and class rules:
Students must have their ID visible at chest level, per Kenwood school policy. Students without IDs will not be permitted into the classroom.

Students must attend class every day and be on time. See attendance policy for details. If you are late, you are not to disturb the lesson but quietly ask a peer what you missed.

Students are responsible for maintaining their binders or notebooks. Students will care for their supplies and prevent any damage to them.

Students must be courteous to fellow students, faculty and staff at all times. Especially to subs, as they are people too.

Students must complete assigned work on time, and turn the assignment in when the assignment is due. Late work will not receive full credit and thus will affect the student’s grade.

There is no extra credit upon request. I will announce when there is the possibility of receiving extra credit.

Be honest, attentive, and seek positive opportunities. This is a rule to live by, not just in this class.

Limited Bathroom Breaks. Students must use the bathroom between classes. A hall pass will be issued only in cases of emergencies and can be revoked upon misuse. Student must use their own bathroom hall passes. Once all passes have been used, there are no more bathroom breaks.

Absent Work. If you are absent, you must check the web locker (http://www.kahs.schoolweblockers.com) for assignments and ask your classmates. Work must be made up within 2 days of absence or will not be accepted. Any missed assignment is not redeemable without an absence note. If a student is absent due to a school function, they are not excused from tests, quizzes, or assignments the following day.

Plagiarism and Cheating will not be tolerated. Any students caught cheating will receive an automatic zero on the assignment, serve a detention, and will have their parent contacted.

No Electronics or Hats are allowed in class. These should be placed in the locker at the beginning of the day. Any violations will result in detentions and a lowering in the class grade. Mrs. Dillon reserves the right to confiscated anything not allowed in the classroom.

Quarter 1:

  • regular computer lab use on Key Train and ACT online programs

  • English: focus on punctuation- specifically on commas, semicolons, colons, parenthesis, apostrophes, end marks, and quotation marks

  • Math: focus on the concepts from Pre-Algebra and Algebra that most often appear on the ACT Test.  In Pre-Algebra, these concepts include: average, probability, percent, ratio and proportion, number theory (factors, multiples, primes), perimeter, area, surface area and volume.  In algebra, these topics include: absolute value, evaluating, factoring, and systems of equations, slope, quadratic equations, and equation of a straight line, operations on polynomials, functions, domain and range.

  • Reading: focus on identifying clear main ideas or purposes of complex passages and/or paragraphs. Summarize events of complex passages and locate and interpret details in complex passages.

Science: focus on understanding the structure of Data Representation Passages, mastering the skills to read these passages effectively, and answering the questions with efficiency.

Quarter 2:

  • regular computer lab use on Key Train and ACT online programs

  • English: focus on grammar/usage- specifically on commas, semicolons, colons, parenthesis, apostrophes, end marks, quotation marks, nouns, verbs, tense, number (agreement), parallelism, modifiers, comparatives and superlatives, and idioms (review punctuation)

  • Math: focus on the concepts from Geometry and Coordinate Geometry that most often appear on the ACT.  In Geometry, these topics include: angle measure and kinds of angles, triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, special right triangles, circles, circumference, area, arc length and other formulas covered in the first quarter.  In Coordinate Geometry, these topics include: Distance, Midpoint, and Equation of a Circle.

  • Reading: Focus on ordering sequences of events in complex passages. Understand implied, subtle, or complex cause -effect relationships in virtually any passage. Understand the overall approach taken by the narrator.

  • Science: focus on understanding the structure of Research Summary Passages, mastering the skills to read these passages effectively, and answering the questions with efficiency.

  • Writing: focus on expressing a judgment, developing a position, and organizing ideas, annotated bibliography

Quarter 3:

  • regular computer lab use on Key Train and ACT online programs

  • English: focus on organization, style, sentence structure, and rhetorical strategies (review punctuation and grammar/usage)

  • Math: focus on concepts from Algebra 2- Trig that most often appear on the ACT.  In Algebra 2, these topics include topics from Algebra 1 as well as rational expressions, imaginary numbers, composite functions, logarithms, and exponential functions, conic sections (esp. the parabola).  In Trig, these topics include sine, cosine and tangent right triangle ratios, reference angles, amplitude, law of sines and law of cosines.

  • Reading: Focus on determining the appropriate meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, or statements in any passage. Understand the dynamics between people, ideas, etc. in passages. Draw complex or subtle generalizations and conclusions about people, ideas, etc, by synthesizing information from different portions of the passage.

  • Science: focus on understanding the structure of Conflicting Viewpoints Passages, mastering the skills to read these passages effectively, and answering the questions with efficiency.

  • Writing: focus on using language appropriately in writing

Quarter 4

  • limited computer lab use on Key Train and ACT online programs (limited because the PSAE is two weeks into quarter 4)

  • bell ringers to practice and improve skills needed for PSAE Day Two exams: Work Keys reading and Work Keys math

  • In all PSAE lessons: focus will be on remaining weaknesses and pay special attention to time.  Even though they will be timed as we go along, in the final days before the test, we will pay special attention to how they time themselves.

  • consumer ed project- research project with bibliography

  • choices planner and guidance lessons

Please sign, detach, and return the section below to indicate you have read and understood the class description and expectations. Return the signed portion by: _____________________
** Parents please email Mrs. Dillon as an alternative to signing this form, this will be given equally credit and is preferred. Emails must include students name in subject line with contact information within the message body.

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