Word Heroes is an all-new supplemental literacy program from Drs. Isabel L. Beck and Margaret G. McKeown! Its powerful combination of vocabulary and comprehension instruction supercharges literacy and language in K-2 classrooms.
Word Heroes is designed with:
- Expert authorship by Isabel Beck, Ph.D. and Margaret McKeown, Ph.D.
- Rigorous read-aloud selections
- A wide variety of genres and text types
- 120 Tier 2 words for each level
- Wearable “Wowbands” that bring learning to the home
- Interactive Word Heroes Journals that extend learning and monitor progress
Through daily 20-minute lessons, students deepen their knowledge of Tier 2 vocabulary words
and strengthen reading comprehension through a variety of interactive lessons.
Word Heroes was designed by world-renowned vocabulary experts Isabel L. Beck, Ph.D. and Margaret G. McKeown, Ph.D. based on their model of robust vocabulary instruction. Their methods have been shown to effectively reduce the language gap among young children and improve their overall comprehension.
Lessons that Pack a One-Two Punch
While essential, vocabulary instruction alone is not enough to help students grow into better readers and writers—that’s why Word Heroes combines instruction in both vocabulary and comprehension. Knowledge of robust, high-impact words supports comprehension, while comprehension instruction reinforces students' attention to language and helps them build deeper understanding of texts.
Robust, Tier 2 Words
Based on their extensive classroom research, Drs. Beck and McKeown categorized vocabulary into three tiers in order to help educators understand which words have the most instructional benefit in the classroom.
Word Heroes focuses on powerful Tier 2 words that maximize instructional time and empower teachers to have a bigger impact on comprehension.
Multiple Encounters with Vocabulary
For vocabulary instruction to have a deep impact, students need multiple opportunities to see and interact with new words. Word Heroes was designed using a systematic and proven approach to ensure students encounter new vocabulary words many times across many contexts.