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1 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test at PCSS Thursday March 26, 2015
2 The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) The Literacy Test will take place this Thursday, March 26, 2015.Writing and passing the OSSLT is a requirement for graduation.All students who are in Grade 10 or those who are in their second year or higher must complete this test successfully.
3 Important Details Students must be here at the school by 8:15 a.m. The test is about 3 hours long.The test is written in two sections or booklets (75 minutes each)You must fill out the questionnaire at the end of Answer Booklet 2 before you submit your booklets.
4 More DetailsStudents with I.E.P.s and those who are E.L.L. who write this test, will have up to double time.Lists are posted in the foyer to show the room where you will be writingPlease check the lists carefully!
5 On MarchCome prepared with pencils, pens, a ruler, and a highlighter.No electronicsNo access to lockers after the testThe same format as an exam – coats, etc. at the side of the room
6 What types of tasks must I do? Reading and Writing tasks are combined in both Question Booklets.In each Question Booklet, there will be one long writing task.All responses are to be written in the Answer Booklets.News ReportOpinionEssayor Series of Paragraphs
7 The News Report About one page in length Demonstrate writing skills from the viewpoint of a reporter – 4-5 paragraphs of 3-5 sentencesBase your article on the photo and headline provided- Insert your Byline (Name and Paper)1. 5 W’s (When, Where, Who, What, Why)2. Background or further information3/4. Quotations from witnesses or participants5. ConclusionWorth 60 marks for content and 40 for conventions. 100 marks total
8 Series of Paragraphs Supporting an Opinion Topics always relate to the lives of teenagers E.g. Do schools really prepare students for the world of work?Reword the question as to point of viewSchools really do prepare students…Like a Lawyer, defend your opinion with three supporting arguments and then restate your thesisExpand on this defence in 3 body paragraphsConclude with a summing up of your opinion and arguments (5, five sentence paragraphs in total)There are 60 marks allocated for content and 40 marks for conventions.
9 Short Writing Tasks How many? – Two Each will be about six lines Demonstrate writing skills based on knowledge and personal experienceE.g. What is your favourite time of year? My favourite time of year is… Then, explain why.Use connecting words to begin each point, i.e.: First, one reason, furthermore, in addition, finally, most importantly...(Fill in all 6 lines in the Answer Booklet)Worth 30 marks for content and 20 for conventions, 50 marks total
10 Tips for Written Responses Use complete sentences, formal English, third person and no contractions, “you’s” or text language – REREAD & CHECK!Check grammar, spelling & punctuationFor long tasks, Indent at the beginning of each paragraph or leave a space between each paragraph (5 paragraphs total)Write enough information to demonstrate your knowledge!Use all of the space allotted
11 Reading Tasks There are three types of reading tasks: Graphic Text: maps, graphs, brochures, schedules, etc. (a blend of writing and pictures)
12 Reading TasksInformational Text: magazines, newspapers, text books, etc. (a lengthy paragraph and a news report)Narrative Text: short stories, biographies, novels etc.(a dialogue and a real-life narrative)
13 Reading TipsFirst scan a passage and the questions, THEN reread while looking for answersSome questions will be about information that is clearly stated in the passage – find itSome questions require you to make inferences or draw conclusions. Think and searchSome questions may ask you to make personal connections. Use your ideas!
14 Reading and Multiple Choice Tips Always highlight the key wordsFor multiple choice questions, try to think of the correct answer and then look for itEliminate obviously wrong answers and then choose the best possible answerCircle the correct response in the booklet and fill in the correct choice in the Student Answer Booklet
15 Reading for the Main Idea and Summarizing As you read the text, highlight the important words and ideasIdentify the main idea and at least one supporting detailWrite the summary starting with the Main Idea, then add details, in complete sentences in the space provided in the Answer Booklet.
16 Final Tips!!Make sure your writing and language is clear and acceptable for an adult audienceDo not use “You” or contractions unless quoting a teenage witness, bystander or participantRead over your responses to make sure that you have worded your ideas correctly and filled in all the lines to the best of your abilityWhen you have checked and rechecked your work, hand in your Question and Answer booklets.
17 RemindersBe at school early and make sure you are here. No sleeping in!You need to pass this test to graduate!Do your very best effort!
18 Best WishesYou are representing Port Credit on the Literacy Test, and we are proud of you!If you have questions, ask them now!We know you will do your very best!Good Luck! We are rooting for you!