chapter  12
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Writing to Learn: Science in the Upper-Elementary Bilingual Classroom

This study describes how upper elementary school science teachers who work with bilingual students facilitate the learning of scientific concepts and skills through writing. The project described here, the Bilingual Integrated Curriculum Project (B IC O M P ), uses a them atic approach in which a series of science inquiry lessons are scaffolded and then integrated with other areas of the curriculum. Writing fig­ ures as an important component of the curriculum and is used in a variety of ways. Focusing in particular on the lab reports of fifth-grade bilingual students, we show how the emergent stages of advanced literacy can be scaffolded and guided by the activities and resources provided by the teacher.