AVID Strategies - Dialectical Journal

This project consists of a set of instructional strategies that AVID encourages teachers to incorporate in their lessons.

AVID Strategies - Dialectical Journal

The dialectical journal consists of a set of instructional strategies that AVID encourages teachers to incorporate in their lessons. These strategies may be adapted to any subject. They also support the methodologies of the AVID instructional program: WICR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Reading).

Cornell Notes:

In the Cornell Notes tab, students read a text, listen to a lecture or video and write up notes, something they notice or quotes using the sticky notes on the workspace. Each team member picks a color and adds as many notes as they need. The text, lecture or video is uploaded to Project Pals and dropped on the workspace for students to read. Students then come up with clarifying notes or questions on the right side.

Major Ideas:

In the ‘Major Ideas’ tab, students who read a text or listened to a lecture or video, will come up with the major ideas they gleaned from what they read or listened to. Students will use the ‘Major Idea’ tile to write them up.

Main Events:

In the ‘Main Events’ tab, students will list the occurrences of an event using one of the methods laid out on the workspace. They may use the text boxes connected with the relationships tool to describe the main occurrences of an event or they may use the Events tool to describe the event step-by-step.

What If Scenarios

In the ‘What If’ tab, students are weighing in about the possibility of an event happening or happening differently. Students are going to list occurrence steps for either of those possibilities, thus analyzing how things will turn out in both of these situations.


Inferences are educated guesses that are based on the observations that you have made. When you are reading, you make inferences by reading between the lines to sense the underlying meanings that are conveyed implicitly by the text. This process helps you fill in the gaps in the text and predict upcoming information.

In the ‘Inferences’ tab, students need to follow several guidelines:

  • Base your inference on information that is found in the text
  • Draw upon appropriate background knowledge to make inferences
  • Make inferences that are parsimonious (simple explanations for what you find in the text)

Compare and Contrast:

In the ‘Compare and Contrast’ tab, students will list similarities and differences in regards to two events that are slightly different from each other. They will use the ‘Similarity’ and ‘Difference’ tiles to express those differences.


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