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 text, using a field-tested method
developed by the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary. Students in
Years 1–2 will learn to comprehend and analyse any reading passage after
completing the activities in Jacob’s
Ladder, Years 1–2 (2nd ed.).
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 and enhanced
interest in reading.
Using skill ladders connected to short stories (picture books) and
poetry, 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. The second edition of the book builds off the previous edition,
including new readings and ladders for students to use.
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 non-fiction passages across the series.