of Wilson's® Multi-tiered System of Support
Prevention and Early Intervention:
Wilson Fundations®
Just Words®
Wilson Reading System®
WRS Description
WRS Target Population
Principles of Instruction
Distinguishing Characteristics
WRS Lesson Plan
WRS Alignment to Common Core State Standards
Supplemental Support:
Wilson Fluency/Basic®

Distinguishing Characteristics

Although WRS does have facets in common with some other structured language programs, it has several unique characteristics that set it apart, which include:

  • Research-based with more than ten years of data collected and analyzed from school districts implementing the program
  • A systematic and cumulative approach to teach total word structure for decoding and encoding designed for students beyond early elementary, adolescents, and adults
  • Extensive controlled text (wordlists, sentences, and stories) for application of skills and fluency
  • A unique “sound tapping” system early in the program to help students segment and blend sounds
  • Emphasis on the six syllable types
  • Coding of words used as reinforcement; emphasis is placed on application
  • A penciling technique for tracking syllable division and prosody
  • Focus on understanding and fluent application of the rules
  • Teaching concepts through the manipulation of sound, syllable and suffix cards
  • Capability to follow students from one grade to the next as needed
  • Criterion-based assessment, built into the program to track student progress
  • Two vocabulary levels: one appropriate for elementary students, ELL students, and those with limited vocabulary; the other for older students with advanced vocabularies
  • Ongoing commitment to implementation, professional learning, and staff support
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