Authors: Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D.
Product Code: 7202
ISBN: 9781618217202
Pages: 175
Availability: In stock.

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 William & Mary. Students in grades 6–7 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in Jacob’s Ladder, Grades 6–7 (2nd ed., previously published as Level 4).

Using skill ladders connected to short stories, poetry, essays, and nonfiction, students move from lower order, concrete thinking skills to higher order, critical thinking skills. The ladders include multiple skills necessary for academic success, covering language arts standards such as sequencing, determining cause and effect, classifying, making inferences, and recognizing main ideas, themes, and concepts. The second edition of the book builds off the previous Level 4 edition, including new readings and ladders for student use.

This book provides teachers with an explanation of the nature of supplementary tasks that scaffold reading comprehension. Also included is an overview of the goals and objectives of the Jacob’s Ladder tasks and suggestions for implementation, giving every teacher the tools needed to promote successful reading comprehension.

Optional Student Workbook Packs

In addition to this teacher's guide, companion student workbooks are available for the short story readings, the poetry readings, and the biography readings. The student workbooks, exclusively available directly from Prufrock Press, feature more space for student responses and make checking and providing feedback on student work easier than ever.

Learn more about the Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program.

Grades 6–7

Webinar on Jacob’s Ladder Advanced Reading Curriculum

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Review by: Erin Corrigan-Smith, MiddleWeb - July 12, 2018
Stambaugh and VanTassel-Baska have written a valuable teacher text which puts the focus back on purposeful planning, finding stories to engage young readers, and discovering ways to use readings to get the most impactful writings from our students while increasing their overall comprehension across the curriculum.

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