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What are the comprehension strategies I should be teaching my students?

There are seven comprehension strategies that are key to becoming a proficient reader: * Activating relevant, prior knowledge before, during, and after reading text. * Determining the most important ideas * Asking questions of themselves, the authors, and the text they are reading. * Creating visual and other sensory images during and after reading. * Drawing inferences. * Retelling or synthesizing what they have read * Using a variety of fix-up strategies to better comprehend what you are reading when you are having understanding the text problems (Adapted from Mosaic of Thought, Keen and Zimmerman, 1997)

How does 6 traits connect to Process Writing?

Writing is taught using a process approach that allows students the time and opportunity for prewriting, drafting, sharing, revising, and editing their work. This process is the foundation of the writing program. The traits do not replace the process they simply provide a language to strengthen the process and provide students a focus for revision.

What are the 6-traits of writing?

The six traits are nothing new. They are the language for describing the qualities that most writers consider important in good writing. These six traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions, provide a common language for teachers, students and parents to talk and think about writing. The 6-trait model of writing assessment and instruction is being implemented in many East Bay Schools as a strategy to improve student writing across the curriculum.