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Jacob's Ladder Program

What is Jacob's Ladder?

Jacob's Ladder is a learning journey for students that begins with targeted short readings and moves through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of the texts read. There are three levels available that are targeted to students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade, but can be used at different grade levels depending on student ability.

How Does it Support the Curriculum?

The units are designed to enhance reading comprehension and build critical thinking skills. Tasks have been organized by skill ladders with questions and activities within each. Ladder rungs are organized to increase complexity in intellectual demand. The skill ladders in Jacob's Ladder correspond with the higher level, critical thinking skills targeted in the William & Mary language arts units; both are based on Paul's (1992) Elements of Reasoning model.

Staff Trainings

Ladder Templates

All of the following are Microsoft Word documents.

Sample Non-Fiction Ladders

All of the following are Adobe PDFs.

Additional Materials

Implementation Guide (PDF) provides guidance in aligning Jacob's Ladder texts and ladders with lessons in the MCPS Reading, Writing, Language Arts instructional guides. Teachers may select texts beyond the ones suggested to address student interests and needs.

Instructional Planner (PDF)

Jacob's Ladder information from the William and Mary Center for Gifted Education Language Arts Curriculum


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