Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course - 12

Course Description:

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

Prerequisite: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. Mature students may take the course without having previously attempted the literacy test. 

Course Outline

Unit 1: Read, Write, Imagine (27 hours)

This unit will focus on how you can read texts that give you information on school, college or your future career. We will learn strategies to easily access the information in various forms of text; recognize new vocabulary; keep notes on a topic; summarize that information into a paragraph; and share it with others. We will also be investigating your own particular needs when you read and write. Each person has their own needs when reading or writing that makes them effective. Recognizing your unique needs will help improve your literacy and provide you with strategies that will make your study time more enjoyable.

1-1 Planning a Party
1-2 Informational Texts and Brainstorming
1-3 Reading with a Pencil
1-4 Writing a Summary
1-5 Instructions
1-6 Informational Writing
1-7 Comparing and Contrasting
1-8 Comparison Report


Unit 2: News Reports (23 hours)

Newspapers are one of the most common ways we get news today. Newspapers have their own style and format that is different from other forms of writing. In this unit, you will learn how to write news reports for a newspaper using the correct style and format.

2-1 Reading All About It
2-2 The Structure of a Newspaper Article
2-3 Writing Your Own News Report
2-4 Opinion Articles
2-5 Opinion Articles
2-6 Sharing Your Opinion
2-7 Informed Opinions


Unit 3: Reading Pictures (20 hours)

Traveling is usually a pleasurable activity for many people. However, when we travel we use maps, schedules and charts to help us get from one place to another person. In this unit, we'll examine how to use and create graphic texts. 

3-1 Let's Take a Trip
3-2 A Society Through Graphs
3-3 Create an Infographic                                                             
3-4 Advertisements
3-5 Writing a Short Story


Unit 4: Narrative Texts (27 hours)

Everyone loves stories. Stories help us to imagine different worlds and places we have never been. They give us inspiration to do amazing things. They provide entertainment to make us laugh, make us cray and make us wonder. In this unit, we'll look at some strategies for reading stories or narrative texts.

4-1 The Plot
4-2 Characters and Theme
4-3 Making Predictions
4-4 Metaphor and Inferences
4-5 News Report on a Fictional Story
4-6 Can You Trust the Story?
4-7 Your Opinion of the Story


Unit 5: Improving Your Portfolio (10 hours)

Our last goal of the course is to see how we can improve our work. This unit focuses on revision strategies and recording what you can do to make your portfolio shine and present a polished image of your work.

5-1 Revising Your Portfolio
5-2 Course Reflection
5-3 Creating Your Portfolio Presentation