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The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens
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Aug 06, 11

bookshelves: primary-age
Read in July, 2011

I performed this book as a read-aloud with some teacher friends at the Oklahoma Writing Project Summer Institute. I played the part of the eraser whose memory failed him, which was highly appropriate, as this was the end of the SI, and my brain was slowly turning to mush. One of my friends played the role of the uptight red pen, complete with a red cap made from rolled up red butcher paper. While all the acting was fun, the message of this book is that all papers must be graded or the world will fall apart. This is antithetical to everything we had been learning at the SI--that students do not learn much from marked up papers, that teachers should focus on one or two errors/issues at a time when grading an essay. I would like this book better if the red pen learned she didn't have to work so hard.

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