Voyager Passport is a reading intervention for students who encounter reading difficulty and are performing below grade level. The goal of Voyager Passport is to accelerate students’ reading growth to be commensurate with grade-level expectations.
Voyager Passport is consistent with Reading First guidelines by its inclusion of instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension strategies. These five components exist in varying degrees throughout the program.
The explicit instruction of vocabulary and comprehension strategies is a strength of the Voyager Passport intervention. Daily, students learn new vocabulary words taken from the passage read by the teacher, or, the passage the students will read. The words are introduced before reading, defined, and used in different contexts throughout the week. Through questioning and discussion, the teacher activates prior knowledge to build and reinforce understanding of the new words. To learn more about the Voyager Passport, visit the Florida Center for Reading Research.
Homework is given 2-3 times a week. In addition to other homework that may be assigned, students are to write each vocabulary word 10 times each and use their vocabulary words in a complete sentence.