Understanding and Succeeding on the OSSLT Major Writing Pieces

When writing the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) there are a number of unspoken requirements for success. This advice will help prepare you to succeed on the News Report and the Supported Opinion Piece. News Report Task:Write a five paragraph Newspaper Article responding to the headline and picture below. Ensure your article contains… The … Continue reading Understanding and Succeeding on the OSSLT Major Writing Pieces

Student Learning Through Digital Essay Editing and Revision Using Google Docs

Revising a rough copy is one of the most important aspects of writing a strong essay.  It's not enough to know how to GO FROM OUTLINE TO ESSAY, one must be ready to revise, revise, and then revise some more.  Often times students find themselves struggling to add a paragraph or two to meet the … Continue reading Student Learning Through Digital Essay Editing and Revision Using Google Docs

SUPER Strategies

S.U.P.E.R. Strategies are quick ideas that both new and experienced teachers can use to increase student success while also simplifying classroom workload. These are the secrets we'd all wished we'd known years ago. It has been said that teachers loves their acronyms. There's definitely some truth to that. The Toronto District School Board has an … Continue reading SUPER Strategies

The Importance of Supporting Your Claims with Evidence

When writing an essay it's not enough to simply make claims; you need to support your claims with evidence.  Supporting evidence can take many forms, but it often comes in the form of embedded quotations.  English courses typically rely on MLA standards when using quotations in papers.  While many students are aware that they need … Continue reading The Importance of Supporting Your Claims with Evidence

Placing Student Work in the World – Part Three [Submitting Media Arts]

Having looked at the importance of MAKING PROJECTS MEANINGFUL by giving them life outside of the classroom, we now focus on how those projects can be given life in the world.  There are three main ways students can take their work beyond the classroom: Submitting Written WorkSelf Distribution and Self PublicationSubmitting Media Arts In this article … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part Three [Submitting Media Arts]

Placing Student Work in the World – Part Two [Self-Distribution and Self-Publication]

Having looked at the importance of MAKING PROJECTS MEANINGFUL by giving them life outside of the classroom, we now focus on how those projects can be given life in the world.  There are three main ways students can take their work beyond the classroom: Submitting Written WorkSelf Distribution and Self PublicationSubmitting Media Arts In this article … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part Two [Self-Distribution and Self-Publication]

Placing Student Work in the World – Part One [Submitting Written Work]

When student work is given life outside the classroom, there is a strong desire to create the very best piece possible, as students will have to own their creation not only in relationship to their peer group, but to the much wider audience.  At the same time, students will learn valuable skills that will prepare … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part One [Submitting Written Work]