Megawords Spelling 2nd Ed: Megawords is a reading and spelling curriculum that provides direct instruction for decoding, spelling, and understanding multisyllabic words for grades 4-12. Megawords uses multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern. Because Megawords is skill based, it can be used in a variety of settings and across all RTI tiers depending on student need and grade level.
Megawords teaches word study through phonic and structural regularities. The curriculum is multisensory and employs a consistent lesson format. Students first analyze words at the syllable and word level before studying new spelling words in context. Incorporated in the curriculum is systematic progress monitoring to assure success. Megawords also adapts easily to the needs of the RTI classroom for struggling students. Student involvement is encouraged throughout the curriculum.
The Megawords reading and spelling curriculum student book focuses on a specific group of advanced phonics or word study skills, enabling students to concentrate on areas requiring the most attention. for each word list, multisensory exercises require students to read, say, and write word parts and words. Students first work with word parts and syllables, then combine syllables into whole words. They use words in context, participate in exercises to increase reading and spelling proficiency, and read list words in short, content-area passages. Because they are all skill based, the books do not need to be used in order. A separate placement test pinpoints the books and word lists students will need to focus on. The student book includes one-syllable warm up pages preparing students for words encountered within the lesson. Students are assigned reading passages for each lesson to build comprehension and fluency. Review activities are provided in the middle of the student textbook. Instructional concepts are highlighted throughout.
The Megawords Teacher Book provides direct, point-of-use instruction according to the Megawords six-step instructional plan. Clearly labeled steps, sub-skills, objectives, and page references help teachers quickly find what they need for each lesson. Light scripting makes instruction more accessible to various educators. The Teacher Guides includes suggestions for differentiating instruction, assessment tips for progress monitoring, reproducible assessment and recording forms, plus answer keys.
Megawords is designed for use as a school curriculum, but can also be used just as effectively as a homeschool curriculum.