Accepting Constructive Criticism

Educational Objective: The student will listen to speaker when being given ways to improve behavior of completion of task.
Language Arts Standards: Speaking and Listening

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play. To download the student rubric, click here

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm- times you might be criticized.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Look at the person and use their name.
2. Say "Okay." Agree, even if you disagree at the time,
3. Don't Argue. "When their mind is made up, don't confuse them with facts."
4. Think about the other person's point of view.
5. Restate what they said in a positive manner. "I will try to do it better from now on."
6. Thank the person for talking with you. "Thanks for talking with me and letting me know."

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion about receiving an office referral at school or having comments made about an art project the student is completing.
• Applications
• Independent Uses: Teachers should impress upon students that graciously accepting constructive criticism can be very positive. For one thing, it demonstrates that the person receiving criticism is flexible and able to accept new ideas. The person is able to see things from someone else's point of view.

Rubric for the Role Plays on Accepting Criticism

Student (Speaker)__________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: ____________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: (Students use dramatic asides to show thinking) No Yes
Did the student look at the person and use their name?
Dud the student say "Okay." Agree, even if he disagreed at the time,    
Did the student refrain from arguing at the time?    
Did the student think about the other person's point of view?    
Did the student restate what they said in a positive manner?    
Did the student thank the person for talking with him?    

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


Other Standards Address in Lesson: Students may read a letter of criticism and write one back. Companies get letters all the time and respond positively.

6th Grade
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.

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