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.
Each of the three books in the Jacob's Ladder Gifted Reading Comprehension Program: Nonfiction, as with the main series, comprehensively engages with the Language, Literature and Literacy strands of the Australian Curriculum: English, and features sections on Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science instruction.
Students in year 5 will be able to comprehend and analyse any nonfiction reading passage after completing the activities in this book. Using skill ladders connected to individual readings related to essays, articles, comparison documents, infographics and other nonfiction texts, students move from lower-order, concrete thinking skills to higher-order, critical thinking skills. All of the books, geared to increasing year levels, include high-interest and accelerated readings, ladders to increase reading skill development and easy-to-implement instructions.
The ladders include multiple skills necessary for academic success, covering typical English skills such as sequencing, cause and effect, classification, making generalisations, inference, understanding emotion, using and thinking about words, and recognising themes and concepts.