Supporting Just Words Students During COVID-19 Closures

Just Words

Just Words Tier 2

Just Words® is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program 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. The program is designed for students with below-average decoding and spelling scores and should be combined with other literature-rich programs.

Just Words aligns with a school or district’s Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) framework of instruction by delivering a Tier 2 intervention addressing a sophisticated study of word structure with explicit teaching of “how English works” for both decoding and spelling automaticity. It is designed for students who can benefit from the targeted word study focus without requiring the more comprehensive intervention of the Wilson Reading System®. 

Student Focus
All students in grades 4-12 and adults who are decoding and encoding below grade level
Lesson Length
45 minutes, 3-5 times/week
Group Size
Reading class (up to 15 students), small group
General education classroom, intervention class, ELL classroom, literacy center, adult education
General education teacher, reading specialist, or intervention personnel
Professional Learning & Support
  • Wilson Academy®/Just Words Learning Community (online)
  • Program workshops
  • Virtual Implementation Support
  • Facilitator and Presenter Certification
  • Sustainability plans
  • Demonstration sites with on-site coaching