Authors: Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., Center For Gifted Education
Product Code: JL72
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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 K–8 will be able to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in these books.

The teacher’s guide provides teachers with an explanation of the nature of supplementary tasks that scaffold reading comprehension. Students in grades K–1 and 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. These levels (previously Primary Level 1 and Primary Level 2) provide stories focused on picture analysis, read alouds, classics, and original works.

Students in grades 3–8 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in these books (previously levels 1–5). 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, inferencing, and recognizing main ideas. The second editions of the books build off the previous level editions, including new readings and ladders for student use.


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