Routman hails the benefit of the reading writing connection for English Learners:
When I cannot find texts students can easily read, we write our own. Students can read familiar stories that they tell and write far more easily than they can read commercial texts. Because it is easier to learn to read and write words that you already understand orally, creating original texts with familiar language Andy concepts makes good sense.
How are we doing on creating texts that are then used for shared, guided, and independent reading?