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Reading Graphic Texts

Ontario Literacy Test
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Shelagh Finnigan

on 21 March 2011

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Transcript of Reading Graphic Texts

Reading a Graphic Text Graphic texts are sometimes difficult to navigate. You will be asked a series of questions on the OSSLT in order to demonstrate your ability to read a graphic text. HINT:
Do not skim a graphic text. The information should be understood. Step One: Look at how the information is presented. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/03/best-science-maps/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredscience+%28Blog+-+Wired+Science%29&pid=1052 This article is talking about how much writing is done in the various fields of science. The data starts in 1817 The data ends in 2009 In 1949, the scientific world exploded in all fields. Here we see the beginning of a particular branch of science that publishes the most articles today. These are the 15 areas that have been graphed onto this chart. Step Two: Read over the question Make sure that you understand the material you are looking for. Because if you understand how the data is charted, you can look for the answer to your question more easily. A graphic text is not always linear. The first thing that you notice could be a picture, a headline, a title, a chart or the overall arrangement of images. Ask yourself, what do I notice first? What information do I already have regarding what the text refers to? Study the arrangement of the information in order to discover if there is an order in which things are to be read. Explain what graphic features are used in this text. The language Even though the language is difficult to understand we know that we are talking about science and the number of papers that have been written. We learn that when we look at the 3Dimensional line graph. Let's take a closer look to make sure we understand what we are seeing. Graphic Source was found at: Step Three: Prepare to answer

a) return the question in your answer.
b) make sure you are answering the question fully.
c) give evidence of having read the text closely Answer:

The graphic text features that are used in this selection are the 3dimensional line graph that charts 15 fields of sciences' writing. It charts the years 1871-2009 along the bottom of the line graph. The piece uses titles, colours and charts to translate the information.
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