About Jacob’s Ladder

About Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder is a reading comprehension program for gifted students. Students progress through an inquiry process based on targeted reading passages from varied sources and different places around the world that emphasise the progressive, ongoing development of higher-order thinking skills that are relevant across the curriculum. This field-tested method of moving from basic understanding to critical analysis of text was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary.

Goals and Objectives of Jacob’s Ladder

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 common English curricular goals such as sequencing, determining cause and effect, classifying, inferencing and recognising main ideas.

Ladder A

Ladder B

Ladder C

Ladder D

Ladder E

Ladder F

A1:

Sequencing

B1:

Details

C1:

Literary Elements

D1:

Paraphrasing

E1:

Understanding Emotion

F1:

Planning & Goal Setting

A2:

Cause & Effect

B2:

Classifications

C1:

Inference

D2:

Summarising

E2:

Expressing Emotion

F2:

Monitoring & Assessing

A3:

Consequences & Implications

B3:

Generalisations

C1:

Main Idea, Theme or Concept

D3:

Creative Synthesis

E3:

Using Emotion

F3:

Reflecting

Each book in the Jacob’s Ladder Gifted Reading Comprehension Program comprehensively engages with the Language, Literature and Literacy strands of the Australian Curriculum: English, as well as touching upon aspects of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science instruction in nonfiction passages across the series. Through completing the activities in Jacob’s Ladder, students will learn to comprehend and analyse any reading passage, and demonstrate improvement in reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, as well as an increased interest in reading.

Inside the books

The Jacob’s Ladder Gifted Reading Comprehension Program provides teachers with an explanation of the nature and substance of supplementary tasks in reading comprehension. At the same time, these tasks will move students through an inquiry process from basic reading comprehension to more critical analysis of various texts. Also included are an overview of the goals and objectives of the Jacob’s Ladder Gifted Reading Comprehension Program tasks and suggestions for implementation, giving every teacher of gifted learners the tools needed to promote successful reading comprehension.

Student Workbooks

Designed to complement the Jacob’s Ladder Gifted Reading Comprehension Program for Years 3–5, the student workbooks provide a matching resource for students to record their answers to each exercise. This allows the teacher to keep all of the student’s work for the chapters in Part II of the program together for ease of collection, reading and marking. Corresponding to the activities, students read high-interest passages, then complete skill ladders connected to the readings. All of the books include high-interest readings, ladders to increase reading skill development and easy-to-implement instructions.