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
(917) 503-1947

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Category Archives: Independence in the Writing Workshop

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…

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…

Top Five Reasons to Begin Your Writing Units of Study With Immersion By Paula Jensvold

“Mrs. Tavares, we are not quite ready to write. Tomorrow I think we should partner read books so we can learn more about how to write non-fiction.” This is what a child said to a literacy support colleague of mine! It sounds funny (but wonderful) to hear children say that they were “not ready to…

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…