Read the AVID Mission Statement below and complete the, "Getting the GIST" activity below.

The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, and most especially the least-served students who are in the middle:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum

  • will complete a college-preparatory path

  • will enter mainstream activities of the school

  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges

  • will become educated, responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

AVID's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school wide / district wide learning and performance.

Getting The Gist:

The GIST (Generating Interactions between Schemata and Text) reading comprehension strategy can be used both during and after reading a piece of text. One creates a GIST by writing a summary of 20 words that precisely captures the main ideas of the text in a complete sentence.

Review the AVID Mission Statement and create a GIST of the statement. You must use exactly 20 words. Review your GIST to make sure it is clean and contains the main ideas of the AVID Mission Statement.

  • Use 20 Words
  • Review to make sure you've covered the main ideas

Group Roles:
1) Leader, keep people on task
2) Writer, write down the mission statement from the group
3) Review, does the GIST reflect the mission statement
4) Time / Voice check (keep task moving forward but not too loudly)