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The Jacob’s Ladder Gifted 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 the College of William & Mary. Students will learn to comprehend and analyse any reading passage after completing the activities in Jacob’s Ladder.

Research conducted by the Center for Gifted Education demonstrated that the Jacob’s Ladder Gifted Reading Comprehension Program delivers results related to:

  • improved reading comprehension
  • increased critical thinking
  • enhanced interest in reading.

The new second editions of the Jacob’s Ladder: Gifted Reading Comprehension series include various additions and enhancements to the successful first editions, notably new readings and ladders for student use, as well as many miscellaneous improvements.

WHAT?

Methodology to move students from simple to complex, critical reading skills

HOW?

Four ladders with three levels of comprehension on each ladder.
- Lower rungs are basic comprehension
- Highest rungs promote critical thinking skills