I stumbled across this site while searching for information to help my creative writing high school students, and it is wonderful.
What advise do you have for TEACHING people to critique?
We are using The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide, and it provides some nice information, but I wonder if there is something out there to help kids who are just learning to critique the work of others. I know it will take time and practice, but I don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel if information is available. I would welcome any tips you having for training students in the art of writing critiques!
5. Choose your critique focus. “You can’t effectively facilitate a critique session if you don’t have a vision of what you want your kids to get better at,” says Heyck-Williams. Arellano has her students focus on showing versus telling for one critique cycle and then rhyme schemes for another when working on poems highlighting the abolitionist movement. “The key to critique is that it’s about the kids articulating those attributes and therefore owning them in a way that they wouldn’t if a teacher just gave them a rubric,” explains Heyck-Williams.