Word Heroes is an exciting K–2 literacy program from Drs. Isabel
Beck and Margaret McKeown. Its powerful combination of
vocabulary and comprehension instruction supercharges literacy
In Word Heroes classrooms, there is a hum of lively conversation where words and texts are constantly being noticed, investigated, celebrated, and savored. Students enthusiastically demonstrate deep understanding of complex texts and delight in discovering new words. The Word Heroes Wowbands allow them to wear their words proudly and celebrate success.
Program authors Isabel Beck, PhD, and Margaret McKeown, PhD,
created Word Heroes to put all students, including at-risk learners
and English learners, on a path of excellence. Their method of robust
vocabulary instruction has been shown to effectively reduce the
language gap among young students and improve overall
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Each of the three grade levels of the program contains eight four-week
instructional units that integrate vocabulary and comprehension
instruction in 20 minutes a day.
With Word Heroes, knowledge of Tier 2 “Wow Words” supports comprehension of text while comprehension instruction with authentic read-aloud text reinforces attention to language as students move from general to deeper understanding. Lesson activities are age-appropriate, the five-day routine is highly active, and students learn 120 new words in each level.
Ready to learn more about the program’s power-packed instruction? Request information about Word Heroes today.
With Word Heroes, Drs. Beck and McKeown provide research-based instruction that really works. By combining lessons on robust, high-impact words with complex, authentic texts, they are putting over 30 years of research and practical application right into teachers’ hands—using the elements of HEROic literacy instruction.
Engaging materials, authentic texts, and consistent active learning routines make Word Heroes a fun and effective way to supercharge vocabulary and comprehension. Each of three levels—Recruit (grade K), Apprentice (grade 1), and Specialist (grade 2)—contains everything you need to deliver eight power-packed units over 32 weeks.