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OLC4O: Literacy Course

Course Info

Course Name: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
Course Code: OCL4O
Grade: Grade 12
Course Type: Open
Course Format: Online
Credit Value: 1.0
Course Duration: 110 Hours

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.)

Tuition Fee: $399.00$1,500.00

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Course Overview

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

This course has the following units of study:

  • Unit 1: Reading and Literacy (16 Hours)
  • Unit 2: Literacy in the Workplace (15 Hours)
  • Unit 3: Reporting Literacy (26 Hours)
  • Unit 4: Everyday Literacy (14 Hours)
  • Unit 5: Saying it Nicely (17 Hours)
  • Unit 6: Crimes in Literacy (14 Hours)
  • Unit 7: The Process of Literacy (8 Hours)

OLC4O has a course cumulative project (e-portfolio) worth 10% and a final exam worth 20% of the final grade calculation.

Curriculum Expectations

A. Building Reading Skills
A1. demonstrate the ability to read and respond to a variety of texts;
A2. demonstrate understanding of the organizational structure and features of a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts, including information paragraphs, opinion pieces, textbooks, newspaper reports and magazine stories, and short fiction;
A3. demonstrate understanding of the content and meaning of informational, narrative, and graphic texts that they have read using a variety of reading strategies;
A4. use a variety of strategies to understand unfamiliar and specialized words and expressions in informational, narrative, and graphic texts.

B. Building Writing Skills
B1. demonstrate the ability to use the writing process by generating and organizing ideas and producing first drafts, revised drafts, and final polished pieces to complete a variety of writing tasks;
B2. use knowledge of writing forms, and of the connections between form, audience, and purpose, to write summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces

C. Understanding and Assessing Growth in Literacy
C1. demonstrate understanding of the importance of communication skills in their everyday lives – at school, at work, and at home;
C2. demonstrate understanding of their own roles and responsibilities in the learning process;
C3. demonstrate understanding of the reading and writing processes and of the role of reading and writing in learning;
C4. demonstrate understanding of their own growth in literacy during the course.

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