Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program

Research-Based Advanced Reading Curriculum

 
The Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program:
  • Targets reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners.
  • Moves students through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts.
  • Uses a field-tested method developed by the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary.
  • Enables students in grades K–8 to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities.
  • Features optional student workbooks for each book and grade level.
 
The second edition of the program features comprehensive teacher's guides and new readings and ladders for student use. There are also two extensions to the program—the Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Nonfiction and the Affective Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program.

New! Student Workbooks Available for All Jacob's Ladder Guides

The student workbooks, exclusively available directly from Prufrock Press, feature ample room for student responses and notes,
make reviewing and providing feedback on student work easier than ever, provide students with an easy-to-use reference to use during discussions, and save time, as there is no need to reproduce student handouts.

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Click here to download a free sample from the Jacob's Ladder Grade 3 short stories workbook.


Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program (2nd ed.)

The seven teacher’s guides in the base program provide teachers with an explanation of the nature of supplementary tasks that scaffold reading comprehension. The teacher's guides are available by individual grade levels. Optional student workbooks (in sets of 5) are also available, divided by grade level and area of emphasis (e.g., short stories, poetry, etc.).
 
Students in grades K–1 and grades 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.

Grades K–1

Grades 1–2

 

Students in grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grades 6–7, and grades 7–8 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.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grades 6–7

Grades 7–8

 

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Extensions to the Jacob's Ladder Program

Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Nonfiction

The Jacob’s Ladder: Nonfiction books target nonfiction reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners in grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Affective Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program

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. Books are available for grades 4–5 and grades 6–8.

Grades 4–5