Word Voyage White Papers
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One of the most innovative aspects of Word Voyage is its critical approach to word study. Within a structured, teacher-directed lesson, Word Voyage lets students discover word structure, meaning and origin on their own, engaging them in the process of critical thinking. Moreover, it guides them through this critical endeavor step-by-step.
Mentally active readers are curious about concepts and about words. Word Voyage promotes this curiosity by asking students to slow down and consider the history of words. In searching for borrowings, students practice metalinguistic knowledge, a key literacy element.
Word Voyage offers lifelong vocabulary learning that carries students through and beyond high-stakes tests. Because they have learned high-frequency roots, started early, and practiced frequently, Word Voyage students have the knowledge and the skills to grapple with the difficult vocabulary, challenging syntax and demanding writing of the SAT.