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Transcript of The Wilson Reading System

Finger Tapping Video
Philosophy & Mission
Publisher Claims
Offers a research-based program from school districts implementing the program.

Systematic and cumulative approach for decoding and encoding.

Follows a ten-part lesson plan .

Multisensory and interactive instruction.

“Sound tapping” system.

Has one of the most extensive collections of controlled and decodable text.

Provides two levels of vocabulary.

Uses criterion-based assessments.

Is a comprehensive program.

Wilson Reading Program
Jenny, Chris, & Kennetta
The Wilson Reading System
Our Philosophy

We believe that the ability to read opens up a world of possibilities to the individual. Reading is a door to personal, spiritual and intellectual growth as well as a necessity for a secure future in an evolving global economy. We also believe that literacy is a cornerstone of freedom and democracy.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality professional learning and ongoing support so that educators have the skills and tools they need to help their students become fluent, independent readers, who are ready to explore the endless possibilities the world of reading has to offer.
6 Reading Processes:
Fundations - Tapping Out Sounds. (2013, October 8). Retrieved January 31,
2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g5v8G_X9g o

Wilson, B. (1996, January 1). Wilson language training. Retrieved January 24,
2015, from http:// www.wilsonlanguage.com/
Analysis of Research Support: Research-Supported Information
WRS Deluxe Set $459

WRS Starter Set $149
Material Costs
In data collected by Wilson Language Training and analyzed with the assistance of Frank Wood, Ph.D. et al (2002) of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the following occurred:

8 Reading Components of Literacy:
Analysis of Research Support: Research-Supported Information
Supplemental Support
Research found by Lynn Public School District in Boston, Massachusetts shows that students in grades 1-3 scored at 88%+ above grade level on the Morrison McCall Spelling Test after using Wilson spelling/phonics in their daily language arts program. Those bilingual students scored at 71% above grade level.

Lynn Public Schools, 2002.
Wilson spelling results: 2000-2001
. Retrieved January 24, 2015 at http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/PDF/Lynn_Results.pdf.

Wilson Fluency: provides explicit fluency instruction and reading practice to develop the application of skills with connected text.

Wake Forest University, 2002.
Wilson literacy solutions: Evidence of effectiveness
Retrieved January 24, 2015 at http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/PDF/Lynn_Results.pdf.
Published By:
Wilson Language Training Corporation, 1989

Wilson Language Training
47 Old Webster Road
Oxford, MA 01540

(800) 899-8454
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET


Copyright © 1988, 1996

Author: Barbara A. WIlson

What is WRS?
Multisensory structured reading program for decoding and spelling
uses the Orton-Gillingham approach
teaches the structure of words in the English language
comprehensive 12-step curriculum
includes the 6 reading processes
Students in grades 2- adults who struggle with decoding and encoding
• Students with a language based learning disability
• Students unable to decode accurately
• Students who have gaps in their decoding and/or spelling skills
• Poor spellers
• Slow, labored readers who lack fluency
• Students who guess words
• ELL students

Intended Audience
Key Components
• Phonemic segmentation
• Synthetic phonics
• Decoding-Encoding-Word Analysis
• Irregular Word Instruction
• Fluency
• Vocabulary Development
• Comprehension with Visualization

Key Components
Phonemic segmentation

Synthetic phonics


Vocabulary Development

Comprehension with Visualization

Decoding-Encoding-Word Analysis

Irregular Word Instruction
Phonemic Awareness

Decoding Skills (phonics)




Motivation and a Love of Reading
Scientifically Based Instruction
in 5 Areas of Reading
Word and syllable structure

Fluency instruction

Comprehension instruction

Vocabulary instruction

Multi-tiered System of Support
Provides basic items needed to begin instruction for Steps 1-6

Instructor Items Included:
Instructor Manual
Rules Notebook
Dictation Book (Steps 1-6)
WRS Sound Cards
Word Cards (Steps 1-12)
Syllable Cards (Steps 3-6)
Magnetic Journal with Phoneme Tiles
WRS Tote Bag

Student Items Included:
WRS Student Readers 1-6
Wilson Reading System® Instructional Sets contain teacher and student materials. All WRS materials use a color-coding and numbering system for a highly organized reading program.
Starter Set
Deluxe Set
Provides all teacher and student materials for Steps 1-12

Instructor Items Included:
Instructor Manual
Rules Notebook
Dictation Books (Steps 1-6)(Steps 7-12)
WRS Sound Cards
Word Cards (Steps 1-12), (Steps 1-3 AB), (Steps 4-6 AB)
Syllable Cards (Steps 3-6), (Steps 7-12)
Group Lesson w/ Younger Students (1 DVD)
Magnetic Journal with Phoneme Tiles
Magnetic Strips

Student Items Included:
WRS Student Readers 1-12
WRS Student Workbooks 1-12 Level A and B Sets
Stories for Older Students Set
Read aloud
Shared reading
Guided reading
Modeled writing
Interactive writing/Shared writing
Guided writing
Independent writing
Professional Recommendation
Program Features
Intensive Instruction
Specialized Instruction
Multi-tiered System of Support
Wilson Reading program features include:

Direct and Explicit Instruction
Structures and Cumulative
Opportunity for Practice and Feedback
Built on Sound Principles
"One way in which Wilson collects ongoing data is through teacher (like myself) going through the certification process. Once a student is selected, their testing and data must be submitted for approval. Students who benefit MOST from WRS are students with a disability in decoding/encoding/language, and have many other areas of strength. After the practicum is completed, the student(s) are retested and scores submitted. Students with multiple disabilities or low profiles across domains (all academic areas, working memory, processing speed, etc.) are not good candidates. Since Wilson is so structured with many language rules that students are required to master, students who lack these capabilities typically will not show much success with the program.

I went through a 2-year certification process, to obtain Level 1, and then Level 2 (the highest) certification. I have seen firsthand how this program works for students with language deficits and/or dyslexia. The program is not a quick fix; if students are able to be in a one-on-one setting, it can take around 4 years to complete all 12 levels of Wilson. Small groups may take 5 years. It is a highly structured and sequential program, backed by research, and I can't say enough positive things about it!"

-Julie Braatz, Certified Wilson Reading Instructor, New Albany-Plain Local School District
Substep: 1.6
Lesson: 4

Sample Lesson: Wilson Reading Program

A, E, I, O, U

Teacher points to vowels and has student(s) state the letter, a word that contains the letter sound within it, and finally, the letter sound itself

Vowel Sounds


Teacher points to digraphs. Students read letters, word associated with digraph, and digraph sound


Hess, Kell, Zuff, Rull, Faff, Tull, Niff

Teacher has set of word cards, flips through quickly as student reads them to teacher. Teacher asks questions about words as he or she wants.

Word Cards

I will huff and puff up the big hill.

Bill is well, but he has been sick.

This hall is a mess.

Will Jim and Russ go to the mall?

Teacher asks students to read sentences silently then aloud, and asks questions about certain aspects of the sentence

Sentence Reading


Teacher asks student(s) letter sounds and students repeat letter, word, and letter sound back to teacher.

Quick Drill In Reverse
Student(s) spell words for teacher

Teach & Review Concepts for Spelling

Students write words teacher gives, with real words being marked for digraphs, short vowels, closed-syllables, etc.

Incorporates work from previous parts of lesson for a final assessment of sorts.

Written Work Dictation

Turn to you partner and discuss:

Given the information given so far, would you implement the Wilson Reading System in your class, why or why not?
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