My daughter loves pink. L-O-V-E-S it. A while ago, I was out running errands and I brought her home a cute pink pony stuffed animal. Needless to say, it was a huge hit.
A couple of weeks later, I found a cute little pink octopus that I brought home for her.
No dice. It was pink, but it wasn’t a pony.
So then I found a little blue pony. Nope. That didn’t work either. It wasn’t pink.
Aha – I finally got it.
It has to be PINK and it has to be a PONY!
Here’s how this applies to critical reading.
Wrong answers usually aren’t totally crazy-wrong; they’re usually half-right. Most of my students think that half-right-is-practically-right and quickly choose something that is half-right as the right answer.
Except half-right isn’t all-the-way-right. It’s pink but not a pony. This is not hand grenades or horseshoes. Half-right is still totally incorrect.
Right answers have to be all-the-way-right.
So be on the lookout for those sneaky blue horses and pink octopi. Hold out for the pink ponies!