Creating a Word Study Curriculum for Grades 3-8

Questions? Contact Amy Ruppert, Program Assistant: 920.236.0562

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Nicole Lehr
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: CESA 06 - Conference Center
2300 State Rd 44
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Facility: CESA 6 Conference Ctr-Innovations
12/21/2017 09:00 AM - 02:30 PM Q&A: 2:30 - 3:00 P.M.

This workshop examines the rationales and theories underpinning the teaching of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary in an authentic literacy classroom for grades 3-8. You will investigate essential categories of learning and consider ways in which word study fits into a broader language and literacy framework. You will analyze teaching and engage in inquiry that will deepen your understanding of how words work and serve as a set of instructional practices for effective teaching of a range of students. You will then be introduced to a planning document of planning word study curriculum for grades 3-8 that can be used back in your district.


Participants will:

  • Explore the rationales for the importance of instruction in vocabulary, spelling, and word analysis skills in the intermediate grades and middle school.
  • Understand the relationship between phonics, spelling, and vocabulary, and how students develop competencies over time.
  • Build knowledge of how to provide explicit inquiry-based instruction that helps all students, including those who are learning the English language, develop essential understandings of how words work.
  • Learn how to teach for word knowledge in whole group, small group, and individual instructional settings.

Who should attend?

Teachers in grades 3-8, Literacy Coaches, Reading Specialists, Curriculum Directors, Principals

Participants should bring:

  • The Literacy Continuum by Fountas and Pinnell
  • Current word study resources
  • A laptop


CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received at least 8 business days before event in order for a full refund to be issued. Registration cancellations received 1-7 business days before an event, a refund, minus $50 for each participant, will be issued. Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs.

Note: Cancellation policies are subject to change based on event.