Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Multisyllable Word Strategy (FIRRM)



Purpose of Strategy


Using a reference card as a prompt and a mnemonic to assist students in decoding unfamiliar multisyllabic words.


Rationale of Lesson


Mastering this topic is fundamental for reading unfamiliar multisyllabic words, common in content area texts.


Acknowledgement of Content Experts


  • 4X6 cards (1 for each content area or textbook)
  • Medium to present slide (Print for overhead, project through computer and projector, or print as a poster)