Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course Grade 12, Open (OLC4O)

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Course Title : Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, Grade 12 (OLC4O)
Course Name : Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
Course Code : OLC4O
Grade : 12
Course Type : Open
Credit Value : 1.0
Prerequisite : Eligibility requirement: Students who have been 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.)
Curriculum Policy Document: English, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2007 (Revised)

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.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time and Sequence
Unit 1: Reading and Writing for Personal Success

In this introductory unit, students will reflect on their own personal information, experiences and interests. With this information, students will write self reflections in a variety of forms. Key activities will include paragraphs introducing themselves, conversations between strangers, and also using that information to write resumes and cover letters. Students will be guided as to how this information can be used to present themselves in through a variety of mediums to differing audiences.

30 hours
Unit 2: Interpreting and using narrative forms

Students will be introduced to various forms of narratives, and their commonalities and differences. Both fiction and nonfiction will be covered, and the necessity of the 5Ws (Who, What, Where, When and Why) in creating complete picture for their audience. Students will also be taught the elements of the differences between narratives that discuss current events such as news articles and how the differ from the elements of storytelling, and to apply that knowledge.

40 hours
Unit 3: Persuasive Writing and development

Students will be presented a variety of texts to read, and asked to pay attention to the format of writing both persuasive paragraphs and essays. Students will be taken step by step through the writing process (brainstorming, outlines, and drafting) to help them with organizing and editing their ideas before presenting their positions on a given subject.

20 hours
Unit 4: Interpreting Informational and instructional text

Students will be presented a variety of texts to read, and asked to pay attention to the format of writing both persuasive paragraphs and essays. Students will be taken step by step through the writing process (brainstorming, outlines, and drafting) to help them with organizing and editing their ideas before presenting their positions on a given subject.

20 hours
Total

Culminating Activity (15%)
Final Exam (15%)

2 hours