How do I get started?
When I gave the child the Within Word Inventory, I found my starting point. The point where the student scores less than four is the starting point. I have had students master upper level features, but not lower level. If this is the case, you’d drop back and address the features the child lacks.
It’s important to look at each individual student to determine what to teach and the next step, but it’s also important to make your word study instruction manageable. To group your students, you will put their papers in order from the top stage score to the lowest stage score and form no more than three word study groups if possible. This means that your lists may not be a perfect match to every student, but it’s important to remember, “a step back is a step forward“. This phrase was used quite often during the word study course, and it means that we want firm understanding. We want to see that students are applying the knowledge in their writing as well as in their reading.