2Don’t skim for answers—you MUST read the text carefully—even if it seems obvious, double check! Read the questions “aloud” in your headUse a highlighter or underline important words or sectionsLook at the multiple choice questions and re-read section with them in mindReading
4Multiple Choice Answer every question—no blanks Eliminate wrong answersIf two seem correct, choose the BEST oneMultiple Choice
5The selection answers this question in TWO sections: #1The reader must put together both pieces of information to get the correct response.#2Question #1
6EQAO has inserted key words such as: Growing up, and tree planter, so that at a glance you may think that b or d would be correct. This is why it is important to read all of the information carefully.Question #2
7You must read this question carefully You must read this question carefully. At a glance, you can agree that the vegetable oil reduced fuel costs. However, the question is asking what the ENVIRONMENTAL benefit is. Here the reader again has to make the connection that by using the USED OIL from restaurants they are reducing carbon emissions and recycling a waste product.Question #3
8EQAO has labelled the paragraphs in all of the reading responses. If you are unsure of what the correct answer is, read the sentence using each word to see what makes the most sense. E.g., when deciding COMMUNICATE is the correct response, you can re-read the sentence saying, “We want to communicate the idea that people have a choice.”Question #4
9This is kind of a trick question This is kind of a trick question. All of the answers have happened and appear in the story. The first thing that the reader reads is A- The road trip began in British Columbia, however, 2 years ago A German car using alternative fuel set a world record.Question #5
10Short Writing Tasks Give your opinion ~ Be serious If you’re stuck, make it upUse SEEEC structurestatement, examples and conclusion*SummaryUse the words directly from the questionThe main idea of the story is ….One detail that supports this is ….Take your answers from the sheet - main ideas at the top & details from middleTwo-Part QuestionsRead questions carefully & answer BOTH parts. Use the text AND your own ideas when it asks for themShort Writing Tasks
11Short Answer : How they are marked Each short answer question on the EQAO test is marked out of 50.30 marks are given for CONTENT20 marks are giving for CONVENTIONSShort Answer : How they are marked
12• nothing written or drawn in the lined space provided Illegible Writing Prompt:Did Whittaker and Jerry choose an effective way to promote their message? Use specific details from the selection to support your answer.CodeDescriptionBlank• nothing written or drawn in the lined space providedIllegible• response is illegibleAn illegible response cannot be read (erased, crossed out, not in English, impossible to read).The response comments on the task (e.g., I don’t know.).Off topic• response is off-topic or irrelevant to the promptA typical off-topic response is not related to the topic of how Whittaker and Jerry promoted their messageA typical irrelevant response comments on the topic or simply restates the question.Code 10• response is not developed or is developed with irrelevant ideas and informationThe response• identifies or describes a way they promoted their message but does not provide an explanation of why it is importantOR• provides a general comment about the task that Jerry and Whittaker completedCode 20• response is developed with vague ideas and information; it may contain some irrelevant ideas and informationThe response identifies or describes an a way in which they promote their message and provides a vague explanation of why it is effective or uses vague details in the explanation.The response often requires the reader to make the connection between the support provided and what it is intended to prove.Code 30• response is developed with clear, specific and relevant ideas and informationThe response identifies or describes an effective way Jerry and Whittaker promoted their message and provides specific and relevant details to clearly explain why it is important.
13• errors in conventions distract from communication Writing Prompt:Did Whittaker and Jerry choose an effective way to promote their message? Use specific details from the selection to support your answer.CodeUse of ConventionsCode 10• errors in conventions distract from communicationCode 20• errors in conventions do not distract from communication
14All of the underlined points are specific details that can be used to support your answer. Be SPECIFIC!
15I think that Jerry and Whittaker did choose an effective way to promote their message because they sound like they have a goodplan. Also they have explaned how they are going to travel and beatthe reccord. Jerry and Whittaker are so excited to travel all of Canada,USE, and Mexico. They also stop often to fill up their truckon vegetable oil.-describes an idea, but did not give specifics-in the reading they make it clear that Jerry and Whittaker are not concerned with beating the world recordCode 10
16No they did not. They were not looking to become famous, they just wanted to show people there was a difference and people hada choice.No details, no connection to the readingCode 10
17Whittaker and Jerry chose an effective way to promote their message. They used a van that works on vegetable oil to help the environment.The van traveled 8km with vegetable il and in 6 months 45,000km so vegetable oil is less of a polution to the environment.Why was this effective?- it doesn’t specify. It gives some important details but doesn’t make a direct connection as to why travelling that far was effective.Code 20
18Yes, I do think that Whittaker and Jerry driving 45000km on vegetable oil instead of gas is an effective way to promote their message. I think it is an effective way to promote their message because they are driving a very large distance yet they are causing no harm to the environment. They are trying to promote alternative ideas on how to get from place to place without harming the environment, and they are giving a very good example of how you could do so.-gives two concrete examples of how they are promoting their message-by travelling in a labelled vehicle far distances they are proving their pointCode 30
21These types of reading questions are very difficult for students These types of reading questions are very difficult for students. Often there are two answers that seem correct, and EQAO is looking for the student to read carefully and use higher level thinking skills, including INFERENCE.With this question, it references the school that has been closed, and in paragraph 4 talks about the school becoming the community centre. The student must decide that since it is not A, C or D, they must be speaking about the parking lot.
22EQAO has used 3 words that at a glance would all seem to be appropriate to many student. A- Built, is not applicable, at they are looking at the broken building. RESTORED implies that the building is being brought back to its original condition, and since the school has been closed for two years it is not being REPLACED. They are taking the current building and MODIFYING it into a Community Arts Centre.
23This question very clearly references why the picture of the skateboard park was shared. The only connection the student must make is between the word ‘popularity’ and ‘busy’.
24In paragraph 6 and 7, there is a clear question regarding money, which Eric provides a solution to.
25EQAO is looking to see if the students understand the meaning of PERSUASIVE. There is not a direct line from the story for this answer, however, we know that Mr Hanson is concerned about the community’s reaction to the skateboard park, so a letter of support would be the most persuasive.
27The question is VERY CLEARLY asking you to identify a SKILL The question is VERY CLEARLY asking you to identify a SKILL. Being nice, showing a picture and speaking to Mr Hanson are NOT skills.Eric is very persuasive when he speaks to Mr Hanson. Mr Hanson has some doubts about the skate park, but is able to persuade him and demonstrate that it’s a good idea. Eric uses a picture to try and convince Mr Hanson, saying, “Here’s a picture of a skateboard park in another town. Look at how busy it is.”Code 30
28This question is clearly asking HOW Mr Hanson represents his community This question is clearly asking HOW Mr Hanson represents his community. You can respond by telling us that he is a Town Councillor, but EQAO also wants you to be specific with how this role helps to represent the community.Mr Hanson is a Town Councillor. He asks questions on behald of his community that everyone would ask. He is concerned that “the neighbours will not like late night noise. They might worry about vandalism”. These concerns are not his own, but those of the community he represents.Short Writing Task #3
30Students have to make the connection between the water freezing, and the picture of the vehicles going over the pavement being responsible for the pothole. Water expands, cracking the pavement and the weight from the vehicles forms the pothole.
31Using the picture as a reference, you can see that there is a space between the sub-base and pavement. This space is the VOID
32Looking at the evolution of pictures, it is clear that the soil is the only thing that remains unchanged throughout the evolution of the pothole.
33While the pictures help to illustrate the problem, it is the subtitles that truly explain the problem and its solution.
34As outlined with the various coloured underlines, the writer has outlined a step by step process of how the potholes are fixed.
35This question was unclear for a lot of students because the photocopy was unclear. During the actual assessment you will have a clear copy of any pictures.
36The random acts of writing usually follow a reading piece The random acts of writing usually follow a reading piece. They are opinion based. You MUST concretely choose a side and give specific details to support your response. Do not waiver back and forth.I do not think that every teenager should join a team or a club. I believe the choice should be of the person. If they are looking for the benefits of meeting new people, it would be an advantage, but if the person is an introvert, or has a part time job outside of school it would not be good for them to be forced to join.Random Acts of Writing
37News Report Stick to facts only—no opinions Use MUST use both the headline and the picture to create your detailsWho? What? When? Where? Why? How?Include a quote relating to your article: The principal said, “I am so proud...”Start with the basics: On March 29, 2012 the students at Pickering High School won new computers for the library.EQAO is looking for SPECIFICS– include a date, location and people’s names. Needs to be at least 12 linesNews Report
38News Report: How it is marked The News Report is marked out of 10060 marks are for content40 marks are for conventionsNews Report: How it is marked
39CodeDescriptorBlankThe page is blank with nothing written or drawn in the space provided.IllegibleThe response is illegible or irrelevant to the prompt.Off topicThe response is off topic.Code 10The response is a news report related to the headline and/or photo. It identifies an event, but provides no supporting details, or provides details that are unrelated to the event. There is no evidence of organization.Code 20The response is a news report related to the headline and/or photo, but the focus on an event is unclear or inconsistent. There are insufficient supporting details: too few or repetitious. There is limited evidence of organization.Code 30The response is a news report related to the headline and photo with a clear focus on an event. There are insufficient and/or vague supporting details or the connection of the details to the event is not always clear. There is evidence of organization, but lapses distract from the overall communication.Code 40The response is a news report related to the headline and photo with a clear and consistent focus on an event. There are sufficient supporting details, however, only some are specific. The organization is mechanical and any lapses do not distract from the overall communication.Code 50The response is a news report related to the headline and photo with a clear and consistent focus on an event. There are sufficient specific supporting details to develop the news report. The organization is logical.Code 60The response is a news report related to the headline and photo with a clear and consistent focus on an event. There are sufficient specific supporting details, which are thoughtfully chosen to develop the news report. The organization is coherent demonstrating a thoughtful progression of ideas.
40CodeDescriptorCode 10There is insufficient evidence to assess the use of conventions.ORErrors in conventions interfere with communication.Code 20Errors in conventions distract from communication.Code 30Errors in conventions do not distract from communication.Code 40Control of conventions is evident in written work.
42Example 1 In a small town at on the edge of tornado alley nearly escaped a tornado,unscathed. No casualties weresuffered but three houses weredestroyed. In response to this thewhole town is pitching in to build new houses for the family’s whose homes were erased by the tornado. “it’s really lucky that no one died, and the homes were generally new. It’s truly no memories were lost or lives,” says one home owner who will be helping in the rebuild project. The completion of the houses is estimated to be finished in just a month and a half. When asked why they were helping, everyone said it was just right thing to do, there is just a sense of co-opertation you can’t find in cities, one that can only be found in small towns like this.Code 10 for content- no structured like a formal report– no details, no date, no exact names, code 20 for conventionsExample 1
43Example #2 Sunday, October 27 there was an event held at the community centre of ajaxwhere many volunteers come out withthe community project.Surprisingly, there were many teen volunteers at the event initiating to help out big time, giving out suggestions and physically helping out the adults. Shown in the image above, the adults warmly welcomed and supervised the teens assisting to paint the wall for a community project.Leader of the community mentions how unexpected it was for him to see dozens of teens coming out to help on a Sunday. Not only was the event carried out on a relaxing Sunday, the event was also unadvertised. “I cannot believe how the teens came to support our community! I am delighted and speechless”.Example #2
44Give your opinion—pick a side and stick to it: YES or NO...not both Fill the space—2 pages- EQAO expects no less than 20 linesHave a plan—plan your paragraphs before writing your good copyUse transition words—first, second, third, next, also, clearly, In conclusionThink BURGER...add an introduction & conclusion to keep it all together, use the SEEC methodSeries of Paragraphs
45Multiple Choice and Grammar Answer every question—no blanksEliminate wrong answers—if two seem correct, choose the BEST oneGrammar questions will include: punctuation, capitalization, combining ideas into one sentence, fill-in-the-blanks, sentence structure, etc.Multiple Choice and Grammar