Word Voyage Overview - Description
“Readers who struggle with word-level tasks use up valuable cognitive space that could be allotted to deeper levels of text analysis. Mature readers need to possess a basic knowledge of how words work and a set of strategies for approaching new words encountered throughout the day.”– Ruth McQuirter Scott, Ed.D., in Word Study and Reading Comprehension: Implications for Instruction.
Word Voyage is a dynamic laboratory for students to investigate, at their own individual levels, “how words work.” The program teaches them to look inside language– to deconstruct words by sound and by meaning, to investigate the age of words and where they come from, and finally to apply this knowledge in writing. The streamlined, web-based platform offers repeated rounds of practice with word-level tasks.
Word Voyage lessons are divided into two sections: Discovery and Challenge. The Discovery section asks the student to engage each word in four ways: word parts with sound, word parts with meaning, word origin/history and sentence writing. The Challenge section quizzes the student on this content. All necessary reference materials are provided within the program. Also provided are engaging videos that teach the students about syllables, word roots, root meanings, parts of speech, borrowings, periods of English, and more. The following outline shows the exercises in the Discovery section:
Word Parts with Sound
- Listen to the word and count the syllables.
- Spell the word by syllable.
- Select the accented syllable.
Word Parts with Meaning
- Pick out the prefix, base root and suffix.
- Select the part of speech.
- Organize the root meanings into the “Word Meaning Up From the Roots.”
- Compare the “Word Meaning Up From the Roots” to the current definition.
Word Origins and History
- Find the borrowing (the foreign source-word).
- Compare the borrowing’s meaning with the current definition.
- Find the period of English.
Word Voyage is designed to facilitate differentiated instruction with maximum efficiency. One teacher can easily manage lessons for 130+ students. Each student’s progress is tracked at a glance through the streamlined teacher interface. Students are arranged in groups with level-appropriate default settings, word lists, and writing assignments. Establishing groups and making settings is a simple process. Groups can be any size, and students can be moved from group to group at any time.
Default Settings by Group
- Lesson Scope–The teacher can toggle on/off: Word Parts with Sound, Word Parts with Meaning, Word Origins and History, and Sentence Writing. Students in the group study only the activities that are activated.
- Lesson Size
- Due Dates
- Scoring Parameters
- Automatic Lessons– When active, lessons are sent automatically to this group. Recurring teacher input is not needed. Sentence writing, Captured Words and Recycled Words are not available with this setting.
Word Lists by Group (2 lists per Group)
- Greek and Latin Root Words 1– grades 3-5
- Greek and Latin Root Words 2– grades 6-7
- Greek and Latin Root Words 3– grades 8-9
- SAT/ACT Preparation
- Fun with Origins – includes English words from French, German, Italian, Arabic, Old English, Latin, Greek, Dutch, Hindi, Old Norse,Sanskrit, and Spanish.
- Earth and Space Science
- Math Terms 1
- Math Terms 2
- Math Terms 3
- Native American and Explorers
- Literature Vocabulary Lists (a wide selection)
- Patterned Spelling Lists (a wide selection)
- Dolch Words Level 3
- Dolch Words Level 4
- Dolch Words Level 5
- Custom Lists - Submit lists for the specific content you are teaching. (Subscribers to Word Voyage with On-Demand Lists only.)
Sentence Writing Assignments by Group
- Type – Declarative/Imperative/ Exclamatory/Interrogative.
- Structure – Simple/Compound/Complex/Compound-Complex.
- Number of Parts – 1-4
- Minimum Words.
- Include – Comma/If-Then/2 Nouns, 2 Commas/And, But, So, Or/However/Semicolon.
- Teacher-Composed Directions.
Beyond the differentiation facilitated by the group settings, teachers have additional tools to individualize lessons:
Captured Words – Authentic spelling errors from the student’s own writing, these words can be added to the lessons with a couple of mouse clicks.
Recycled Words – Word Voyage creates a journal for each student containing all previously-studied words. The teacher can use this sortable journal to track recurring errors and re-assign words for additional practice.
Feedback for Student Sentences – When returning unacceptable sentences to students, teachers can include comments. Standard comments, such as “Punctuation!” can be saved for repeated use.
Compatibility – Word Voyage is a completely web-based program that is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. A number of browsers are supported including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
Requirement –Flash player, available free from Adobe: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
Purchase – Program licenses can be purchased through the website or by phone, fax, mail.
Registration –Teachers and students self register at www.wordvoyage.com. Student logins are then managed by each teacher. Teachers also have the option to add/delete students or transfer them to a different teacher.
- Program Tour Video – for first-time users.
- Simon – on-screen character who addresses the student by name, explains exercises, and provides feedback on answers.“
- "All About..” Videos – that address the academic content on each page.
- Quick Start Video – for first-time users.
- “Show Me” Videos – that demonstrate the operations of each page.
- Phone/Email Support – free for all Word Voyage teachers.
- Word Voyage Blog – Teachers can post questions and network with other teachers
- Web Meetings – Word Voyage offers web training in both program operations and academic content.
- On-site Training – Word Voyage staff are available to visit schools.
Reports – Word Voyage provides an extensive set of reports on student performance.