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: Qualities of Writing

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…

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…

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…

Teaching Honesty in the Writing Workshop

Chances are if you’re reading this blog, Writing Workshop happens in your classroom or in your school.  You probably know and follow the structure of Writing Workshop (mini-lesson, work time, share) and strive to ensure that your teaching during Writing Workshop  is focused and clear each day.  You probably teach different qualities of writing in…

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…

Effective Teaching Should Create Powerful Learning

          Teaching is so different now than it was when I was teaching in the classroom (I feel like I am 145 after saying a comment like that.) When I taught, there were no district curriculum calendars, no scripted lessons, no unit plans laid out for me. Rather, I had to…

4 Tips for Successful Writing Conferences

I’ve been spending my week conferring with some really AMAZING K-4 writers. Rather than finding myself doing a thousand different conferring strategies, a few crucial ones kept popping up. I want to share a few of these with you and hope that you’ll share some of your own.  1. LISTEN: This is probably the most…