One of the themes in the chapter, Acorn’s Art, shows how words can affect someone’s creativity. Negative criticism tears down and constructive criticism builds up. In the writing world, constructive criticism is referred to as a “sandwich critique.” Feedback should begin with something positive about the writer’s work. Then it goes on to what can be changed or improved in the work. Finally, the feedback finishes with another positive about the work. Hopefully the questions below can inspire discussions with children about the power of words and honesty mixed with kindness.
Lesson Plan - Acorn’s Art - Chapter 3
*Everyone is good at something. Everyone has potential. Looking for potential in others is a helpful and proactive practice. It encourages them and helps them to succeed.