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    Literacy Literacy Presentation Transcript

    • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
      • Thursday, April 8 th
    • OSSLT
      • What is Literacy?
      • Literacy is the ability to read, view, design, speak,
      • and listen in a way that allows us to communicate
      • effectively and to make sense of the world.
    • Why is Literacy Important?
      • Literacy is vital to ensuring that you have the best chance to succeed in school
      • and in everyday life.
      • Literacy allows us to make sense of a range of written, visual, and spoken texts, including books, newspapers, magazines, television, signs, maps, conversations, and instructions.
    • OSSLT
      • The OSSLT Literacy Test is divided into two 75-minute sessions.
      • Students must successfully complete:
      • 5 Reading Comprehension tasks and
      • 5 Writing Composition tasks.
      • All students must pass the OSSLT in order to graduate with a high-school diploma. There are no exceptions.
    • Test Procedure
      • You MUST be here on the test date – there is NO RETEST. If you miss the test, you will have to write it NEXT YEAR.
      • You MUST arrive on time. You will NOT be given extra time if you are late – the test ends at the same time for everyone!
      • Bring a PEN and PENCIL. Do not bring anything else. DO NOT bring your cellphone or any other electronic device.
    • Test Procedure
        • Booklet 1: 75 minutes. If you finish early, you may read something provided by the teacher. You MAY NOT leave.
        • Break: 15 minutes.
        • Booklet 2: 75 minutes. Same as above!
        •  You must do BOTH sections of the test!
    • Trying again…
      • If you are unsuccessful on either portion of the test, you must re-write the WHOLE test next year.
      • If you are unsuccessful twice, you must sign up for the Literacy Course in Grade 12.
      • If you are concerned, seek extra help (information on help sessions to follow).
      • Our success rate is good, but every year some students are unsuccessful -- and the mistakes are usually avoidable!
    • Reading Tasks of the OSSLT
      • The Reading Selections include:
      • Information paragraph: presents ideas and information on a topic
      • News report: presents information in the form of a news story
      • Dialogue: presents a conversation between two or more people
      • cont’d
    • Reading Tasks of the OSSLT
      • Real-life narrative: an account of a significant time in an individual's life
      • Graphic Text: presents ideas and information with the help of graphic features (pictures, font, page setup, etc.)
    • Reading Comprehension Questions
      • Types of Questions for the Reading Tasks:
      • Multiple Choice questions
        • about content
      • Open Response questions
        • explain, give opinion, and summarize
    • Writing Tasks of the OSSLT
      • The Skills Focus of the Writing Portion:
      • Developing a main idea with sufficient supporting details
      • Organizing information and ideas in a coherent manner
      • Using conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation) in a manner that does not distract from clear communication
    • OSSLT Writing Questions
      • Long Writing Tasks:
      • News report
      • Information paragraph
      • Opinion paragraph
      • Summary
    • Difficulties on the OSSLT
      • In reading to understand:
        • students are asked to summarize information in a specific section of the booklet, but instead they summarize the entire booklet.
        • students do not read closely for accurate understanding of details – all of the answers are IN THE TEXT!
        • students do not use context to interpret information that is not directly stated
    • Difficulties on the OSSLT
      • In reading for information:
        • students have difficulty linking relevant information to the main idea.
      • In reading for style
        • Students have difficulty identifying grammar errors (e.g. sentence fragments) and discussing the effect of sentence structure, word choice, etc.
    • Difficulties on the OSSLT
      • In writing
        • Using Standard Canadian English -- do not use slang or colloquial language – remember your audience is an educated adult!
        • Using capital letters
        • Providing evidence/support
        • Writing extended responses – develop your ideas and fill up the space provided!
        • Summarizing information (identifying main ideas)
    • Strategies for General Improvement
      • Answer all questions -- most “wrong” answers are marked “wrong” because they are left blank!
      • Fill writing response pages – take cues for required length of answer
      • Link relevant information to the main idea
      • Use capital letters properly
      • Use proper Standard Canadian English
      • Write legibly!
    • Students perform well on…
      • Multiple Choice questions (bring a pencil!)
      • Short Writing Tasks
      • Writing a News Report
    • Earl of March Action Plan for OSSLT Preparation
      • All Gr. 10 teachers will hold class discussions about the test and the skills you will need to have. Practice! Ask questions! Take it seriously!
      • If you want extra help, attend the OSSLT help sessions (Room 218) on Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch and after school on Thursdays
      • There will be an extra-help day before the test if you are not confident in your skills.
    • Good Luck!!