The Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets reading comprehension skills in 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 and Mary. Students in grades K8 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in this series. The Primary 2 book, geared for students in grades 12, includes stories and ladder tasks carefully selected for young children to develop oral communication and listening skills in addition to the other ladder goals. This level provide stories focused on picture analysis, read alouds, classics, and original works.
About the Author
Joyce VanTassel-Baska is Professor Emerita at The College of William and Mary, where she founded the Center for Gifted Education. Formerly she initiated and directed the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. Joyce has also served as state director of gifted programs in Illinois, a regional director, a local coordinator of gifted programs, and a teacher of gifted high school students. Her major research interests are in the talent development process and effective curricular interventions with the gifted.
She is the author of 22 books and has written more than 500 other publications on gifted education. She was the editor of Gifted and Talented International for several years and received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997 from the National Association for Gifted Children and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia in 1993. She received the Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award from the University of Toledo in 2003, the President's Award from the World Council on Gifted and Talented in 2005, and the Collaboration and Diversity Service Award from CEC-TAG in 2007.
Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., is an assistant research professor in special education and executive director of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include curriculum for gifted learners, talent development for low-income gifted students, and rural giftedness.
Table of Contents
Part I Teachers' Guide to Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program l
Part II Readings and Student Ladder Sets 21
Chapter 1 Short Stories 23
Chapter 2 Poetry 69
Chapter 3 Interdisciplinary Reading Connections 107
Appendix A Pre- and Postassessments, Rubric, and Discussion Checklist 133
Appendix B Classroom Diagnostic Forms 141
About the Authors 145
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program is designed for students who have high-level learning abilities. Through a series of inquiry processes the students can become critical readers. This book is created for first and second grade students. The stories and tasks are meant to help these students become better communicators and listeners in addition to better their reading skills. In addition to a Teacher's Guide to using this material, there are tasks to use for each of the works suggested. Some of the works include: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieska Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg Where Go the Boats? by Robert Louis Stevenson The Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson On Snow by Jonathan Swift This book would make a great addition to a classroom or home school that has a gifted learner. I recommend this book highly. I was given this book by the publisher and by LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.