Curriculum Review: Jacob’s Ladder


Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program Nonfiction: Grade 5

Joyce L. VanTassel Baska, Ed. D. and Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.

Students submerged into today’s educational system are confronted with all types of critical writing assessments. Students schooling for more than 12 years and preparing for college entrance exams need an easy to use reading comprehension program to practice their writing skills. “Jacobs Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets are 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 William & Mary.” This type of inquiry process develops the reader and writer within every student, preparing a child for the future.

This book is divided into parts. Part I is the teacher’s guide. Part II includes reading and student ladder set with four sections divided into subjects: science, math, social studies and the arts. The third part is reading and student ladder sets for fiction and nonfiction comparisons.  Lastly, the pre and post assessments with scoring rubrics, record keeping forms and standard alignments bring closure to the workbook.



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