Examples of Criticism
For Use in Essay Writing

COMMON INSTRUCTIONS:  Write an essay on this subject, responding to the points listed below. It will likely be fictional, but make it realistic. This is a group project. All members of your group will receive the same grade for the essay. Use the essay “How does One Handle Negative Criticism?” as a guide while you write your essay. Check off the items below, as you complete them.


VERSION 1

Teacher writes on your essay, "You need to check your spelling!"

What excuses might some students give?

What would be a good and constructive way to think about this?


VERSION 2

A friend just told you she doesn't like you anymore.

What might some children say?

What would be a good and constructive way to think about this?


VERSION 3

Your mom just scolded you because you didn't clean up your room last night, like you had promised.

What excuses might some children give?

What would be a good and constructive way to think about this?


VERSION 4

You are often late to school, and your first period teacher said you should learn to be more responsible.

What excuses might some students give?

What would be a good and constructive way to think about this?


VERSION 5

Your grandmother's feelings were hurt because you didn't send her a thank you note for a nice birthday present.

What excuses might some children give?

What would be a good and constructive way to think about this?