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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course

Course Summary

Subject Area Subject: English

Grade 12

Eligibility requirement: 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. (Students who have already met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.)

1 Credit

4 Units, 20 learning activities

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.

Course outline

Learning Activity 1 When and how do we read


Learning Activity 2 Reading comprehension strategies

Learning Activity 3 Text features and the Main Idea

Learning Activity 4 Opinion pieces: Writing the first draft

Learning Activity 5 Opinion pieces: Revising and the final draft