Writing Tasks on the Literacy Test On the literacy test, you will have two long writing tasks 1) A News Report and 2) A Series of Paragraphs (Opinion Essay) Todays lesson will focus on: A Series of Paragraphs
Please distribute Booklet 2 QUESTIONS and Booklet 2 ANSWERS to students. Turn to page 2 in the Booklet 2 QUESTIONS book. The instructions are always the same for the Series of Paragraphs question. The only change is the
topic you are given to write about. Here is a sample question. Breaking down the requirements so there are no surprises later:instruction on Expectation of the instruction Written the Test Task: Write a minimum of three paragraphs expressing
an opinion Notice the word minimum. Three paragraphs will NOT be enough for full marks. Prepare a FIVE paragraph essay. This allows you to fill in the space more easily and systematically. You need an intro, 3 body paragraphs and closing paragraph. Purpose and Audience: an adult who is interested in your opinion.
Use language that would make your teacher proud (no slang, no short forms, no text messaging language). Use full sentence. Be careful of your spelling and grammar. Length: EQAO always gives you two pages with a total of 48 lines across the page to answer the question. This space should be filled but not exceeded. Do not OVERWRITE. Topic:
You are given a single question that you need to provide a for or against response to. It doesnt matter which point of view you take as long as you have three supporting reasons. Pick one side and stick with it. How your work is marked Each answer is assigned two marks : Topic Development (main idea, supporting details and organization) Use of Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation)
Teachers, please hand out one rubric per student. The Rubric for marking Topic Development (main idea, supporting details and organization) looks like this: The Rubric for marking Use of Conventions (Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation) looks like this Helpful Tips The Topic is always a single question that you need to give
a clear for or against answer to. Pick one side of the argument only and stick with it. AVOID the approach I agree in some cases but disagree in other cases. There is no reading attached to this question. All information comes from your own experience and imagination. There is a Rough Notes area which is not marked. Use the SEES method (next slide) in this area to organize your thoughts. This will make your organization and task of filling two pages (48 lines) much easier. You can use I think, I agree in your response. This is your opinion essay but you need to give at least three
examples/reasons to support your position and explain them. The final Series of Paragraphs should look like this. Topic: Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job? Rough Notes/Planning STEP 1: Take a position Having a part time job is a good idea for high school students because it: provides them with income, increases their independence and provides work experience.
STEP 2: Give three reasons to support your position. Supporting argument # 1 (S1)= Income Supporting argument # 2 (S2)= Independence Supporting argument # 1 (S3)= Experience STEP 3: Use S.E.E.S to organize paragraphs to explain each of the three reasons stated in STEP 2
S - Sentence 1 Supporting Argument (directly suppor ts the point of view- for or against) E - Sentence 2 Explanation / Example (expands/explains the supporting argument) E - Sentence 3 Explanation / Example (expands/explains the supporting argument) S - Sentence 4 Summary statement STEP 4: Provide a closing paragraph where you restate your position and the main ideas. From the arguments I have provided it is clear that having a part time job is a good idea for high school students because of the benefits it provides, such as: income, independence and work experience. Body Paragraph 1 S1 Provides and income E1 Able to go out with friend E1 Able to buy clothing
S1 Avoid running to parents for money Body Paragraph 2 S2 Increases independence E2 Self-sufficient, maturity E2 Learn about commitment, dont let employers down S2 Responsibility, accomplishment Body Paragraph 3 S3 Provides Work Experience
E3 Resume, 2 people fighting over a job person with experience will get the job E3 Learn about like, dislikes about jobs S3 People skills Sample Answers Lets look at some samples of student responses based on the Topic Development Rubric /60 marks. Remember an additional /40 marks is based on the Conventions Rubric
(spelling grammar etc.) we are CODE 50 Before we look at a perfect Code 60, lets revisit the Rough Notes made earlier Topic: job? Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time Rough Notes
AGREE S1 Income E1 Out with friend E1 Clothing S1 Avoid running to parents S2 Independence E2 Self-sufficient, maturity E2 Commitment, dont
let employers down S2 Responsibility, accomplishment S3 Work Experience E3 Resume, 2 people fighting over a job E3 Like, dislikes about jobs S3 People skills CODE 60
Student Activity #1: Write a series of paragraphs 1) Turn to page 7 of the Booklet 2 QUESTIONS on page 2. Write your response in the Booklet 2 ANSWERS book on pages 2-4. OR 2) Choose one of the questions below and write a response. Are todays famous people good role models for young people? Should the sale of junk foods be banned from Ontario secondary schools?
Should school uniforms be mandatory at the secondary level? Should joining a club or team be mandatory at the secondary level? Should Physical Education classes be mandatory for all four years of high school? When you are finished self and/or peer edit your work using the rubric provided. Student Activity #2: Additional Practice This is the last OSSLT prep lesson. You will notice that Booklet 2 has additional
questions that we did not complete during our lessons. We encourage you to work on these questions at home. You can find the answers to these questions on the school website by selecting the Literacy Resources link. Thank you for your attention and participation! If you would like a copy of this PowerPoint you can visit www.bcssonline.com for all the
materials used for each OSSLT preparation lesson. Select the Literacy Resources link on the right.
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