Advanced Reading Curriculum for Gifted Students
Advanced Reading Curriculum for Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

High-ability readers need curriculum that extends beyond what is taught in the traditional language arts classroom in order to be adequately challenged and engaged. The Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program addresses that need by moving students in grades K–8 through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts. 

Students in grades K–1 and grades 1–2 will learn to develop oral communication and listening skills in addition to the other ladder goals by using stories and ladder tasks carefully selected for young children. Students in grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grades 6–7, and grades 7–8 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in these books. The ladders include multiple skills necessary for academic success, covering language arts standards such as sequencing, determining cause and effect, classifying, inferencing, and recognizing main ideas.

Each grade level has a corresponding teacher’s guide and optional student workbooks, which can be bought in a complete set. The student workbooks, exclusively available directly from Prufrock Press, feature ample room for student responses and notes, make reviewing and providing feedback on student work easier than ever, provide students with an easy-to-use reference to use during discussions, and save time, as there is no need to reproduce student handouts.

In addition to the base program, the Jacob’s Ladder: Nonfiction books target nonfiction reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners in grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5, and the Affective Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program series uses a models approach to scaffold student learning and promote inquiry-based discussions of texts. This series of Jacob’s Ladder focuses specifically on supporting advanced students’ social-emotional needs through the discussion of reading selections in the following genres: short stories and media, poetry, and speeches, essays, and biographies. Books are available for grades 4–5 and grades 6–8.