Authors: Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.
Product Code: 5581
ISBN: 9781618215581
Pages: 198
Availability: In stock.


The Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Nonfiction 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 grade 5 will be able to comprehend and analyze any nonfiction reading passage after completing the activities in this book.

Using skill ladders connected to individual readings related to essays, articles, comparison documents, infographics, and other nonfiction texts, 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, understanding emotion, using and thinking about words, and recognizing themes and concepts.

Optional Student Workbook Packs

In addition to this teacher's guide, companion student workbooks are available for the science and math readings, the social studies and arts readings, and the fiction and nonfiction comparisons. 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.

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Grade 5


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Review by: Erin Corrigan-Smith, MiddleWeb - March 14, 2019
Because the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program is a thorough and modifiable system (while also targeted at high-ability learners), the lesson scaffolds within the Grade 5 text can be easily modified for grades as low as 3rd and as high as 7th. The specific steps outlined in the supplemental program are designed to address the needs of all readers and to help them reach mastery, not just proficiency.
 

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