Build Affective Skills With the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program
Build Affective Skills With the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 by Andilynn Feddeler

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. Complete sets are available for each grade level, which include the teacher’s guide and 5 copies of each companion student workbook.

Books are available for grade 2, grade 3, grades 4–5, and grades 6–8:

  • The Grade 2 book features poems by Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg, biographies of Maya Angelou and Benjamin Franklin, and short stories by Jacqueline Woodson and Aesop, among many others.

  • The Grade 3 unit includes poetry from William Blake and Shel Silverstein, biographies of Rosa Parks and Barack Obama, other works from Patricia Polacco and Eduardo Verastegui, and more.

  • The Grades 4–5 book features poetry by William Carlos Williams and Margaret Widdemer, biographical essays and nonfiction texts from Lou Gehrig and real-life students, short stories from Sandra Cisneros and the Grimm Brothers, and many more.

  • The Grades 6–8 unit includes lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda and poems from Georgia Douglas Johnson, biographies of Malala Yousafzai and Michael Phelps, and short stories from Hans Christian Andersen and Laura E. Richards, among others.


You can also learn from the authors of the Affective Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program about the program’s affective components, student learning outcomes, assessment, and more in this free webinar. Explore how the program can be used in the classroom and in online/blended learning formats to build critical thinking skills, promote inquiry-based discussions of texts, and support standards-based learning and students’ social-emotional skills. You’ll also hear from a teacher who has implemented the program and see a sample lesson in action.