OSSLT Weekly Message

posted Feb 29, 2016, 6:57 AM by Wanda Symes

Monday February 29, 2016

Upcoming Literacy Test

To all parents of Grade 10 students, and previously eligible Grade 11 and 12 students, the Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be taking place this year on March 31, 2016. It is imperative that your child is present for this test, and if they will not be able to be present, that you inform your child’s respective Vice Principal as soon as possible.


This week’s literacy information focuses on reading strategies for graphic texts.

What is a graphic text?

  • A graphic text uses words AND pictures to communicate information.

What are some examples of graphic texts?

  • Posters, pamphlets, comic books, diagrams, instruction manuals, maps


Before reading:

  • Look at the whole graphic text. Locate the title, headings, captions, legends and pictures.

    • The title tells you what the graphic is about.

    • Headings organize the information into sub-topics.

    • Captions provide extra information.

    • Legends help you to understand how to read the graphic text.


During reading:

  • Read all the headings and examine how they are related to the graphic. Each heading has a purpose. The most important headings may be in capital letters, bold type, or a larger font.

  • Follow the arrows and lines. They may be used to show movement or direction, or connect to the things they name.

  • Look for the use of symbols to emphasize important words and information.


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