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Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Level 1 (Grades 2-3)


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Authors: Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh Ph.D.
Product Code: 505
ISBN: 978-1-59363-350-9
Pages: 156
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The Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners by moving students through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts using a field-tested method developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary. Students in grades K–9 will be able to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in these books.

Using skill ladders connected to individual readings in poetry, short stories, and nonfiction, students move from lower order, concrete thinking skills to higher order, critical thinking skills. All of the books, geared to increasing grade levels, include high-interest readings, ladders to increase reading skill development, and easy-to-implement instructions. The ladders include multiple skills necessary for academic success, covering language arts standards such as sequencing, cause and effect, classification, making generalizations, inference, and recognizing themes and concepts.

The Jacob’s Ladder guides provide teachers with an explanation of the nature and substance of supplementary tasks in reading comprehension that will help prepare students for their state assessment tests. At the same time, these tasks will move students from basic reading comprehension to more critical reading behaviors. Also included are an overview of the goals and objectives of Jacob’s Ladder tasks and suggestions for implementation, giving every teacher of gifted learners the tools needed to create a successful reading classroom.

For a review of the research supporting the use of this product, please download What Works: 20 Years of Curriculum Development and Research for Advanced Learners.

Grades 2–3

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Review by: Amy S., Mensa Foundation - May 25, 2012
There are very few programs that provide the advanced child with an opportunity to further explore the comprehension aspects of reading. Jacob’s Ladder is different. It provides a map to follow which builds critical thinking skills as well as comprehension and analytical skills.
Review: Homeschooled Twins blog - June 8, 2010
I find that Jacob's Ladder is easy to use and thoroughly enjoy how it helps light a spark in my children. They truly do not consider working on Jacob's Ladder to be school work; for them, this is a treat . . . It engages higher order thinking and takes the children far beyond the texts they are reading . . . This is the first comprehension program that I've seen that I can wholeheartedly recommend. While it's targeted at gifted children, I think that all children will enjoy this program as you can guide the answers as deeply or as shallowly as you wish. If you have children, who like mine, love to engage in philosophizing, this is definitely a program they would enjoy.
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by Anne Berry
on 10/24/2012
Awesome Resource!
Let me describe this series a little.  Each book contains passages from various types of literature--fiction, poetry, non-fiction...  There is both a pre-test and post-test included in the book.  After each passage, there are a varying number of questions.  When you begin to use one of the books, you may want to explain the questions more thoroughly if your child doesn't understand them.  These questions are meant to be discussed.  I would not recommend handing your child this passage and then expect them to answer the question.  These books to help you scaffold your child's learning. I have been using Book 1 with my literature group and I have been very pleased with our discussions.  The questions have given me the opportunity to explain and practice the skills of generalizing, categorizing, and paraphrasing among others.  I highly recommend this series!  
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