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Just Words®

An accelerated word study program for struggling readers.

This highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program is for students in grades 4–12 and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention.

For Students with Below-Average Decoding and Spelling Skills

Just Words  supports struggling readers with strategies that will allow them to independently read and spell words and build the skills necessary to access and master grade-level standards. Emphasizing phonemic awareness, phonics, word study, and spelling, Just Words is the word study component of the Wilson Reading System® curriculum at an accelerated pace. Combine Just Words with your literature-rich core ELA program.

Student focus

All students in grades 4-12 and adults who are decoding and encoding below grade level

Group Size

Reading class (up to 15 students), small group

Lesson Length

45 minutes, 3-5 times/week


General education classroom, intervention class, ELL classroom, literacy center, adult education


General education teacher, reading specialist, or interventionist

Professional learning & support

Wilson Academy®/Just Words Learning Community (online), Program Workshops, Virtual Implementation Support, Facilitator and Presenter Certifications, Sustainability Plans, Demonstration Sites with On-Site Coaching

Impact Across the Country

Just Words instruction has been shown to improve students’ word recognition, nonsense word fluency, oral reading fluency and comprehension among students in grades 4 and higher.

The Wilson Academy/Just Words® Learning Community

The Wilson Academy® Learning Communities are membership-based companion sites to support individuals teaching Wilson’s programs. They provide the Wilson teaching community with anytime, anywhere access to reference and instructional materials, as well as networking opportunities.