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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Category Archives: Common Core Standards

Teaching Kids to Be Self-Directed During Writing Conferences

For those of you who have been reading my past blogs, you know I have recently been focusing many of them on ways to get kids to become more self-directed.  I’ve settled for now on the word self-directed (Thanks, Jen if you are reading this!)  I just think it’s more rigorous than simply saying I…

Some Rough Draft Thinking about the Independent Phase of Writing Workshop

Over the past few months, I’ve dedicated my blog to ideas for helping kids become more independent during Writing Workshop. As I’ve written these blogs, I’ve struggled a bit with the word independence because I’m not sure it’s exactly the right word to describe what I am aiming for. The truth is, I don’t want…

Independent Writers

When I speak to teachers, coaches and principals, they always say that one of the biggest obstacles to a successful Writing Workshop is creating independent writers. I’m not talking here about just getting kids to do things by themselves, but rather getting kids to make wise decisions on their own that lift the level of…

Balancing Planning and Listening

  Happy school year to some and almost new school year to others!   Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between two vital parts of teaching: 1.  Creating thoughtful plans for a year, a month and a day of teaching 2.  Conducting daily assessments of your kids and…

Using the Common Core Standards to Support the Planning of a Language Arts Curriculum

    During the summer, I spend my days running week long summer courses for teachers that address both Reading and Writing Workshop. One of the things I do during these courses is to help teachers plan cohesive curriculum calendars for both reading and writing.  This year, many of the teachers are asking me how…

Reflecting Upon Literacy Work

As June rolls in, it’s a great time to reflect upon your years work in the area of reading and writing.  When reflecting, we often think about what we want to improve upon in our literacy work, but it’s just as important to think about what went well with the hopes of making it even…

Writing Units of Study that Align with the Common Core Standards

          Many of the schools I work with are trying to create units of study in both Writing and Reading Workshop that align with the Common Core Standards (For more information on the Common Core Standards go to http://www.corestandards.org/).  In this blog I want to showcase the wonderful work of the…

Independence

  In my travels many teachers have asked me how to get all kids to be able to work independently during Writing Workshop. Because a story can teach so much I’m going to share the story of one 4th grade classroom I recently visited where this type of independence was occurring. The day I was…