What is Wilson?

    The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a comprehensive and intensive program for students in grades 2 and higher who struggle in the areas of decoding and encoding.  It is a program designed for students who are not making significant progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability.

    As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language.  Through the 12 step program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery.  The instructional goals are to develop:

    • Accurate and speedy word recognition 
    • Spelling and proofreading proficiency 
    • Increased vocabulary, background knowledge, and listening comprehension skills
    • Fluency with an emphasis on expression and meaning 
    • Grade-level independent silent reading skills with narrative and informational text

    WRS follows a 10-part lesson plan, organized into 3 Blocks.  Together, these 10 parts of a lesson address decoding, encoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  A complete WRS lesson specifically instructs students in the following:

      • Block 1 - Word Study/Foundational Reading Skills: Lesson Plan Parts 1-5
        • Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, Vocabulary, High Frequency Word Reading, Single-Word Accuracy/Automaticity, Phrasing/Prosody, Fluency and Comprehension at the Sentence Level
      • Block 2 - Spelling/Foundational Writing Skills: Lesson Plan Parts 6-8
        • Phoneme Segmentation, Encoding (Spelling), English Spelling Rules, High Frequency Word Spelling, Vocabulary, Concept Markup, Sentence-Level Punctuation and Proofreading
      • Block 3 - Fluency/Comprehension: Lesson Plan Parts 9-10
        • Vocabulary, Listening/Silent and Oral Reading Fluency and Comprehension, Narrative and Informational Text               
Last Modified on September 9, 2019