Authors: Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.
Product Code: 7547
ISBN: 978-1-61821-754-7
Pages: 175
Availability: In stock.


The Affective Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program 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.

Using the same critical thinking ladder framework, students move from lower to higher level skills of self-awareness, metacognition, and goal setting. The books include high-interest readings, poems, and connections to videos and songs that integrate reading comprehension and analysis skills with affective and social-emotional needs, as students are asked to apply themes, character or real-life experiences, and lessons from texts to their own lives. New ladders were specially designed for this series and derived from relevant theories about empathy, risk and resilience, achievement motivation, and mindsets and practices for cultivating talent.

The Affective Jacob’s Ladder guides provide teachers with an explanation of the nature and substance of the theoretical constructs for each ladder. Also included are an overview of the goals and objectives of each ladder and suggestions for how to implement the ladders in the classroom in a way that supports students’ academic and social-emotional needs at the same time.

Grades 4–5

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