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Scaffolding Instruction for ELLs/MLLs in Grades 3-5, 7, and 9-10


Resources to support teachers in scaffolding instruction for ELLs/MLLs including an introduction and exemplar lessons.


An introduction explains the techniques used to scaffold instruction for ELLs/MLLs in Grades 3-5, 7, and 9-10

Lesson Exemplars

The lesson exemplars demonstrate ways to support ELLs/MLLs in listening and reading for understanding and speaking and writing to sources. Several of the lessons include pre- and post-assessments that measure ELLs’/MLLs’ vocabulary and comprehension of the anchor texts and ELLs’/MLLs’ ability to write to sources.

Grade 3: Tackling the Trash

  • Student Assessment
  • Teacher Assessment

Grade 4: Launching the Mystery

Grade 5: The Value of Sports

  • Student Assessment
  • Teacher Assessment

Grade 7: Facebook: Not for Kids

  • Student Assessment
  • Teacher Assessment

Grades 9-10


Staff at the Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research conduct rigorous research to improve instruction and learning for English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELLs/MLLs); perform evaluations of programs that involve ELLs/MLLs; and support states, districts, and schools in improving policies and programs for ELLs/MLLs. Our work is guided by the belief that ELLs/MLLs bring many strengths to learning in a second language and benefit from evidence-based assistance tailored to their diverse needs.