Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Zero-Gabriel

    Zero-Gabriel said, almost 4 years ago

    Do some “Cut & Paste” and a little REMIX and… you’re done. Just make sure to Proof-read it…

  2. psychlady

    psychlady said, almost 4 years ago

    Be sure your name is the only one on it!!

  3. JDsg

    JDsg said, almost 4 years ago

    No sympathy for Holly whatsoever. With this type of attitude, the best Holly might aspire to will be manager of a fast food restaurant. Here in Asia, Asians will gladly “eat her lunch.”

  4. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, almost 4 years ago

    Half of 0 is still an F.

  5. Saskfan

    Saskfan said, almost 4 years ago


    I believe that, although this is a cartoon, the idea is humour. Holly is supposed to be learning from her mistake, and perhaps others can too. Meanwhile, we are able to smile at the situations the cartoonist is presenting to us.

  6. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m not thrilled with this story line. Like others, I think she should have been punished more harshly.

  7. Lewis Linson

    Lewis Linson said, almost 4 years ago

    Well, ghostkeeper, she is going to school to learn, and I think she is learning about the error of her evil ways.

  8. HalcyonEve

    HalcyonEve said, almost 4 years ago


    Generally, at least when I was in middle school, points were kept as a running total, and then the final grade was calculated based on the total number of points earned. So receiving up to 50 points would be a whole lot better than 0 at the end of the year.

  9. RR208

    RR208 said, almost 4 years ago

    Most teachers will break major projects into smaller due dates: topic sentence, 3 sources, outline, …
    Don’t just throw the kid back into the same situation, but structure for success.
    Sure, do restrict the kid’s activities until the job is done (no trips to the mall), but the kid was overwhelmed.
    Easy to make it hand written to reduce the cut and paste syndrome.

  10. Dragon0131

    Dragon0131 said, almost 4 years ago

    First, who says the original project wasn’t structured in such a way as to break it down into manageable parts? Holly is one of those kids who try to fly through and probably ignored her outline.
    Second, this is not college. I don’t believe that a child in middle school should be punished to the fullest extent. They don’t think of consequences. Having to re-do it and getting half credit is enough. Most middle school teachers do not think that these kids will plagarize to that extent and just remind them to site their sources. In high school they start letting you know the consequences.
    Finally, severe punishment without looking at the student is a sign of zero tolerance going out of control. One size does not fit all. A student who cheats once cannot be given the same punishment as someone who cheats on a regular basis.

  11. slcbostonGC

    slcbostonGC said, almost 4 years ago


    As both a teacher and a writer, I like where this went. The last panel here is correct: many students would rather simply take the F than do the work, and while grades are important, so too is the mindset of earning what you get. It’s important that Holly be made to do the work she was supposed to do, rather than take the easy way out.

  12. MollyMittens

    MollyMittens said, almost 4 years ago

    Yea, 10 pages does seem like a lot. But if kids learn how to write well for ten pages with out long quotes and repeating themselves then they’ll be doing a great favor to their education later on. I had one teacher say in college that he never assigned a paper longer then three pages because any paper longer then that was usually gibberish.

    If we expect more of kids and teach them how to meet the damands we expect then they’ll be able to handle high school and beyond much better.

  13. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 4 years ago

    She ought to learn a valuable lesson here. If she’d done the work the way it ought to have been done, it would be over with now and she may have gotten a good grade. This way she still has to do it and the grade will be an F as some have pointed out. She ought to be thankful to the teacher since now she has to go out of her way to read and grade a paper late after she ought to have been done with them.

  14. scretwitch

    scretwitch said, almost 4 years ago


    Thank you! I whole heartedly agree! It’s a cartoon and meant for at least a chuckle or two!

  15. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, almost 4 years ago

    again i was always more afraid of the punishment and shame at home than from school.

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