Scaffolding English Language Learners’ Literacy Development Through a Science Inquiry Approach

  • Sandra Mercuri
  • Natascha Mercuri
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 17)


This chapter presents an interdisciplinary Life Sciences inquiry unit centered in a constructivist view of learning through macro and micro scaffolding. Drawing on both disciplinary literacy and discipline-specific academic language lenses, we discuss how the interrelated activities are aligned with national standards and show how the language and literacy practices are embedded throughout the science unit. The chapter provides examples of how teachers could help English Language Learners (ELLs) learn content and to read and write more, to use grammar and vocabulary more accurately, and to master an extensive range of linguistic features in order to meet the challenges presented by the curriculum standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Mercuri
    • 1
  • Natascha Mercuri
    • 2
  1. 1.Sandra Mercuri Educational ConsultantsUniversity of Texas Rio Grande ValleyBrownsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Accadis International SchoolBad Homburg vor der HöheGermany

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