Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob\'s Ladder targets reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners. In the form of skill ladders connected to individual readings in poetry, myths/fables and nonfiction, students move from lower order, concrete thinking skills to higher order, critical thinking skills. For example, Ladder A moves students from Sequencing to Cause and Effect to Consequences and Implications.

Jacob’s Ladder is a learning journey for students which begins with targeted readings from fables, myths and nonfiction sources and moves through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of the texts read. They can be used at different year levels depending on student ability. The units are designed to enhance reading comprehension. Tasks have been organised by skill ladders with questions and activities within each. Ladder rungs are organised to increase complexity in intellectual demand.

Boost reading comprehension with this powerful combination of assessment and instruction

These new, updated editions of the popular best-sellers CARS & STARS expand on the research-proven success of the earlier series to make boosting your students’ reading comprehension with targeted instruction in the core strategies even easier.

Welcome to the CARS & STARS Reading and Comprehension Program

The comprehensive CARS & STARS program consists of ten levels (P–H) that allow you to identify and teach twelve reading and comprehension strategies, and improve literacy results. The program is divided into two parts: CARS (the assessment portion) and STARS (the instruction portion). Each CARS & STARS Plus level consists of both a student book and a teacher guide. Play the videos below for a short introduction to the CARS & STARS Reading Comprehension Program.

CARS®: Diagnostic

STARS®: Instruction

The research-based Comprehensive Assessment of Reading Strategies (CARS Plus) Series helps you quickly identify which of the 12 standards-based reading comprehension strategies your students might be struggling to understand. Informed by this data, you can then provide students with targeted instruction depending on each student’s individual needs by using STARS Plus. Using the results of the CARS Plus pretest, you target instruction on the essential reading comprehension strategies with the highly-scaffolded, five-part lessons in STARS Plus.

Online Level Placement


CARS & STARS® Online

'The 5-Step Process'
How to implement and assess CARS & STARS