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Just Words® Curriculum


Based on the effective Wilson Reading System® (WRS) program, Just Words® is the word-study component of the WRS curriculum at an accelerated pace.

Foundational Standards for Accessing Grade-level Text

Just Words is a word-level intervention program for students who need additional support in learning to read and spell at grade level. The program’s research-based approach presents all skills in an explicit, systematic, and sequential manner. Within standardized lesson plans, all concepts taught are practiced continually for reading, writing accuracy, and automaticity. Teachers can confidently present a carefully structured, year-long reading and spelling curriculum using engaging, multisensory techniques.

Areas of Study

Supporting Acquisition of State Standards

Just Words® supports states’ college- and career-readiness standards, including Common Core State Standards, by providing 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.

How Just Words Supports Standards

As a word-level intervention program for students in grades 4–12, The alignment of many of the skills presented in the program fall outside of the standards outlined for students in those grade levels. Students identified for a Just Words class often are not able to engage in complex grade-level reading and writing tasks because they are not yet fluent readers or writers. Just Words provides these students with the foundational and language standards that are necessary to be able access grade-level text. In this regard, Just Words aligns to these key foundational and language standards:

  • Know and apply phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Content and Practice

Combining a synthetic phonics approach and explicit instruction in total word structure, students learn all English language letter-sound correspondences, syllable patterns (single and multisyllabic), and common prefixes, roots, and suffixes. They also engage in skilled practice with high frequency sight words (irregular words). Just Words instruction includes some aspects of reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students are provided with opportunities to practice proper phrasing in oral reading and focus on reading for meaning.


Meeting Social Content Standards


Just Words is approved by the California State Board of Education as meeting the state’s social content standards.

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