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All Grade 12 courses

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course - OLC4O

ILC Course Code: OLC4O-A

Grade 12, Open, 1.0 credit

Prerequisites
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.

Course Description

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

Online Submission

Online submission of course work is required for this course using Microsoft Word © or OpenOffice Writer.

Supplementary materials

You will need a computer with Internet access.

Unit 1: How can literacy make me a better family member? (Part A)

In these units you will answer the question, “When and how do we read?” You’ll make a list of all the reading you do in your daily life and might be surprised at what you find. You’ll also begin to learn strategies that make it easier to understand and remember what you read. At the end of Unit 2, you’ll begin to make the transition from reading to writing, and realize that they’re really two sides of the same coin.

Unit 2: How can literacy make me a better family member? (Part B)

In these units you will answer the question, “When and how do we read?” You’ll make a list of all the reading you do in your daily life and might be surprised at what you find. You’ll also begin to learn strategies that make it easier to understand and remember what you read. At the end of Unit 2, you’ll begin to make the transition from reading to writing, and realize that they’re really two sides of the same coin.

Unit 3: How can literacy make me a better citizen? (Part A)

You will continue to hone your awareness of purpose, audience, content, and structure on several different text forms. You’ll learn more reading skills like summarizing and inferring, and you’ll begin to explore different forms of writing like news articles, narratives, and opinion essays.

Unit 4: How can literacy make me a better citizen? (Part B)

You will continue to hone your awareness of purpose, audience, content, and structure on several different text forms. You’ll learn more reading skills like summarizing and inferring, and you’ll begin to explore different forms of writing like news articles, narratives, and opinion essays.

Unit 5: How can literacy make me a better employee?

In Unit 5 you’ll turn theory into practice. You’ll learn how reading and writing skills can get you your dream job, and how they can help you become a good employee, once you’re there. You’ll learn the best way to write job application forms, resumes, and cover letters, and how to come up to speed quickly in your new job by understanding the fundamentals of workplace communication.

Unit 6: Demonstrating literacy (Part A)

In the final units, you’ll continue to develop your reading and writing skills, leading up to putting together a portfolio of the best writing you’ve done in the course. You’ll revisit writing formats like news articles and opinion essays, but you’ll learn new skills to take them to the next level. At the end of Unit 7, you’ll submit your best work for grading and prepare to take your final exam.

Unit 7: Demonstrating literacy (Part B)

In the final units, you’ll continue to develop your reading and writing skills, leading up to putting together a portfolio of the best writing you’ve done in the course. You’ll revisit writing formats like news articles and opinion essays, but you’ll learn new skills to take them to the next level. At the end of Unit 7, you’ll submit your best work for grading and prepare to take your final exam.

This is the English version of the course.

This course is not currently available in French. Please check back often for new course releases.