Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 3 years ago

    Oh no, Holly, you’re not making your mother’s sister do ALL the work, are you?

  2. trekman58

    trekman58 said, over 3 years ago

    …gotta start somewhere!

  3. psychlady

    psychlady said, over 3 years ago

    Who’s name will go on this one?

  4. emjaycee

    emjaycee said, over 3 years ago

    Anyone know what the topic is/was?

  5. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 3 years ago

    Term papers are always easy for writers (I think that’s what Joan does). I was always much too concise and blunt to churn out 10 pages of words.

  6. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    So, will Ms. Wingit offer Holly 1/4 or 1/8 credit when Holly tells her the paper is still not done? Wouldn’t surprise me.

  7. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    Give it up Holly, just accept your failing grade.

  8. Milestheglassguy

    Milestheglassguy said, over 3 years ago

    I was thinking about this at the beginning of the story arc: most kids in middle school aren’t writing a 10 page paper on their own. Parents and siblings get roped onto doing most of the proof reading and editing until at least the beginning of high school, and some never stop.

  9. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, over 3 years ago

    Even back in the dark ages of the ’50’s, we weren’t required to do a thousand word essay/report/critique until well into 11th grade, and depending on parents who never graduated high school was not an option. Copy and paste? psh…

  10. segullah

    segullah said, over 3 years ago


    having someone proofread your papers is the smart thing to do, and is encouraged at the highest levels of education….I did some for my hubby’s doctorate. It is a fresh set of eyes and if they can spell and spot grammar mistakes then they are the best ones. When we edit our own we are too close to it and don’t see the mistakes. Editing and rewriting are two very different things. Someone telling you that this sentence doesn’t make sense is different from them telling you what to write.
    Aunt Joan is a wonderful resource for Holly…if she probes and prompts Holly to think and write. Holly will learn so much if she also helps her to break the assignment/paper down to manageable bits.

  11. CJBz

    CJBz said, over 3 years ago

    I am a teacher and I KNOW 10 pages are just too much for an average middle schooler. 3-4 pages would suffice. Their attention spans are still short and their energy levels are still high. 10 pages would be appropriate for juniors and seniors, readying for college. And did Mrs Wingit TEACH the students HOW to do a paper? It looks like Holly doesn’t know how. I know for fact more and more schools are now skipping teaching how to write a paper in favor of teaching to test to keep the funding to school coming. Teaching how to write a paper is too time consuming and is not on the standards tests – just a short composition of a topic given. Why bother teaching how to write a paper if it is not on the standards test? By the time they hit college, they don’t know how and it is up to the professors to teach them, give them a guideline paper with instructions and hope for the best.

  12. Dr Fogg

    Dr Fogg said, over 3 years ago

    My wife helps my son with his papers… I keep telling him she isn’t going to college with him and I did all my own papers.
    Well at least she’s getting A’s which is more than I got. :-)

  13. Kathy Mc

    Kathy Mc GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    I have 2 grown and the only thing I’ve ever done is proof read after they are done and tell them if there are mistakes, same with the 2 younger ones in 5th and 6th. I did my time, its their turn now.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    Term papers are only easy for people who have written a few of them. Not really a great idea to say that. I’m tutoring someone in math tomorrow and I’m not going to say, “Ha, this is easy stuff!” Because for her it is hard, and these kind of comments can discourage.

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