An indispensable tool for the reading and writing classroom!RINGING ENDORSEMENT FROM RENOWNED AUTHOR LUCY CALKINS: "Leah's book reveals 'Leah, the classroom teacher'; 'Leah, the staff developer'; 'Leah, the budding scholar'; and 'Leah, the woman. '. . . . Leah Mermelstein invites you into her schools, her workshops, her summer institutes, and most importantly, she invites you into her mind. She demonstrates throughout the book that she cares that you and your students not only use the reading/writing connection but that you also understand it. Every word, every sentence is carefully crafted towards this understanding." Lucy Calkins, Teachers College, Columbia UniversityONE REVIEWER SUMS IT UP! "Reading this book was like having a conversation with a respected colleague. It is lively, logical and interesting. . . . This is the best description of meaning, structure and visual sources of information that I have ever seen." Tara Azwell, Emporia State UniversityThis book is filled with practical classroom strategies that will help your students become skillful readers and writers!Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning and teaching every student can understand and use the relationship between reading and writing.Highlights of the Book: Includes strategies on how to make assessment part of lesson planning and classroom teaching Incorporates phonemic awareness, phonics, word study and spelling throughout Putting The Reading/Writing Connection Into Action feature suggests practical ways to use the reading/writing connection in the classroom Charts, minilessons, and curriculum calendars provide organization of ideas Includes appendix of professional literature, classroom examples and assessment tools For Further Study feature for staff developers, literacy leaders, principals and/or members of a study groupAbout the Author: Leah is a nationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in primary reading and writing. She works with students, teachers, principals and other district leaders helping them to design thoughtful plans for the teaching of reading and writing. She is the coauthor of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann).Mermelstein, Leah is the author of 'Reading / Writing Connections In The K-2 Classroom Find The Clarity And Then Blur The Lines', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205412778 and ISBN 0205412777.