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