Welcome to Read – Write – Connect, Inc.

the Internet home of Leah Mermelstein.

Best Writing consultant 002 copyLeah is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC. She is also the author of Reading/​​Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom, (Allyn & Bacon), Don’t Forget to Share (Heinemann) and the co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann).


Selected Works

DVD

Quality Writing Instruction
This brand new DVD will assist teachers with high quality writing instruction.

Non-fiction

Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop
This brand new book will show you how to make your share sessions more instructional.

Nonfiction

Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom: Find the Clarity and Then Blur the Lines
This book demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning, and teaching every student can understand and use the reading/writing connection to become stronger readers and writers at the same time.

Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum: Launching the Writing Workshop
This book shows teachers how to launch a joyful and rigorous Writing Workshop in their classrooms.

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Leah Mermelstein
536 Grand Street, Ste. 501,
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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Category Archives: Common Core Standards

5 Ways to Make Your Minilessons Stickier

When my daughter, Ariana, turned 3, we started talking about family chores. Initially, her understanding was surface level, but this year, her list of chores has grown and our conversations have deepened. She is usually pretty excited about her chores (I know…I know she is only 4!) and understands the ways in which chores help…

Minilessons: How to make them more effective and less stressful!

Picture this classroom scene. You are teaching a writing minilesson. When the lesson is completed, you ask students to try what you just taught. For some, this is no big deal. What you taught makes sense and fits into what they are currently working on. For others, it’s tougher. They are either unsure about what…

Planning Writing Units of Study

Lately, I’ve been planning a lot of Writing Units of Study. Yes, the teachers I work with plan their own Units of Study! It’s hard work, especially the first few units, and it’s natural to wonder why you would even plan your own Units of Study when there are so amazing resources available. After a…

Back to blogging and back to school

As August comes to a close, I am getting excited for a new year filled with teaching and blogging! Last year was a challenging one for me.  The politics and the stress that I felt in the schools made me sad.  Whenever I sat down to write a blog, I felt as if I had…

Happy New Year!

          It’s been a long time! I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. Although I have been busy this summer keeping up with an active toddler, I have not stopped thinking about the relationship between parenting and teaching. Here are a few thoughts that I hope will…

Think Positively

  I’ve never been a person to put much stock in inspirational quotes. As a matter of fact, I have always secretly poked fun at people who put quotes up around their homes.  “Don’t write about what you’re going to do, I would think to myself. Just do it.” Having a baby changes everything, I…

Qualities of a Self-Directed Writer

  This summer I’ve been hard at work writing a draft of my new book that is about creating self-directed learners in the Writing Workshop.  Today as the school year begins for many of you I want to give you a taste of my new book.  Specifically,  I want to share ten words I use…

A Close-In Look at Supports for the Writing Process

Greetings everyone! I hope that you are having a great time in your classroom and are starting to look forward to some relaxing summer days! In this blog post I want to share some good news, as well as let you know the new focus my blog will take.   First, the good news.  Heinemann…

Working On Your Own Writing Can Help You Plan Units of Study

I want to share a quick but powerful story that recently happened to me when I went to do work in the Danbury School District.  The reason I want to share this story is that it reminded me how of how powerful it is when teachers do their own writing. There are many ways that…

Structuring Your Minilessons to Support Self-Directed Learners

Greetings!   In today’s blog post I’m going to continue thinking about how to create self-directed learners: learners who are excited, engaged and continually making decisions on their own.   The number one concern I hear in my travels is: this.  How do I help my students continue doing quality work during Reading and Writing…