ECISD AVID in Action

Memorial Day Special Edition

AVID Honors our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day hits home

In research for this Memorial Day Special Edition newsletter, AVID Director Dianne Mata discovered The Wall- USA. It is the VietNam Veterans' Memorial Wall Page, a searchable website with the names of fallen Vietnam War soldiers. She remembered her father would share stories about her uncle that had died in war. Andres Garcia from Spur, TX died at the age of 23 in South Vietnam in 1966. Dianne never met her uncle, nor has she visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC. This website was originally set up to honor and commemorate our fallen, but for many it has become a place of healing. Dianne discovered that her uncle is considered a hero and learned that his dedication to our nation has not been forgotten!

Let's rally together as a family, as a nation, this Memorial Day and use it as an opportunity for teaching the next generation what the meaning of sacrifice and service is.

WICORIZING Memorial Day Lessons

Ideas for Incorporating Writing

AVID students at OHS plan to write letters to the veterans participating in the 2015 Permian Basin Honor Flight. This organization sends WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans to Washington, DC to visit the War Memorials built in their honor. In their era, before text and Twitter, mail call was the highlight of their days. The letters written by our AVID students will be presented during the flight to DC as a 'surprise' mail call. OHS teachers will facilitate as the students research and learn about the sacrifices that were made for our freedom. What a thoughtful and amazing way to connect to our history through writing.

Ideas for Collaboration and Organization

Students can be divided into pairs or groups of three or four. The groups can then research a time period or a war/conflict and organize their information into a product to present. Depending on time allowances and grade level, the product can be a timeline, a poster, a PowerPoint or even a Shoebox float for a Memorial Day parade.

The purpose is to work together in groups to make connections to the history behind Memorial Day.

Ideas for Critical Reading and Inquiry

Incorporating reading in a Memorial Day lesson allows the students to experience the effects of war, the sacrifice of service to country and the meaning of patriotism from multiple perspectives. Reading can include books, articles, speeches, poems, even song lyrics. Teachers can use critical reading strategies such as marking the text, focused note-taking, and one-pagers for making connections.

The Wall, by Eve Bunting uses imagery and inferencing to describe a visit to the Vietnam Memorial through the eyes of a young boy. This book is appropriate for primary readers.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry tells the story of the evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark during WWII through the perspective of a 10 year old girl. This book is appropriate for intermediate readers.

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was delivered during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery. Reading it during Memorial Day would be fitting and appropriate for secondary students as they utilize primary sources. Having students analyze the text in groups and write leveled questions to bring into a Socratic Seminar can increase the rigor.

The poem In Flanders Fields was written during WWI. In it, John McCrae describes the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers. Because of It, the remembrance poppy is used during Memorial Day. Students can read and analyze the poem and create a one-pager in response.

Featured WICOR Strategy - Strategies For ALL Students

Reading- Marking the Text

WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) provides a learning support structure that teachers use to guide students in comprehending complex concepts across disciplines.

Marking the text is an active reading strategy that asks students to identify information in the text that is relevant to the reading purpose. This strategy has three distinct marks: numbering paragraphs, underlining, and circling. Based on the reading purpose, students will use marking the text to identify information as they read. When students mark texts purposefully, they are actively engaged in meaning making.

ECISD AVID Department

Dianne Mata AVID District Director

Virginia Hunt AVID District Coordinator

Ann Suiter AVID Secretary

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.