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Critique

Author: Lillian Hsu

Subject: HTH Structures

Project Details

#2 of 6 HTH Structures

Critique is a key structure used at HTH to help students create beautiful work. Inspired by Ron Berger’s book, An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students, many teachers at HTH encourage students to give each other specific, helpful, and kind feedback as they refine their work. Students conduct critiques on drafts of writing, early iterations of science projects, preliminary sketches, project proposals, and more. Some HTH teachers also use critique as a way of helping students articulate standards of quality for their work. Together, the class uses critique to generate a common rubric for their final products.


 

Critique of Sketches

Duration: 04:38
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities) teaches her students to use the critique process as a way of refining their sketches.

 

 


Ron Berger Critique

Duration: 04:14
Tom Fehrenbacher (11th Grade Humanities) uses positive, helpful, and specific critique as a way of helping students develop standards of quality for their final products.

 

 


Gallery Critique Instructions

Duration: 04:04
Part 1: Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish) explains the instructions for a Gallery Critique.

 

 


Gallery Critique Sentence Starters

Duration: 03:09
Part 2: Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish) models sentence starters for a Gallery Critique.

 

 


Gallery Critique in Action

Duration: 04:01
Part 3 of a Gallery Critique: Marisol Franco’s 9th/10th Grade Spanish students conduct a Gallery Critique. At the end of the video, students debrief the gallery critique process.

 

 


Critique Instruction

Duration: 02:47
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art) models the specific, descriptive language she wants her students to use during a critique session.

 

 


Warm and Cool Feedback

Duration: 02:07
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) prepares her students for critique by eliciting definitions and examples of warm and cool feedback.

 

 


Tuning Protocol Instructions

Duration: 04:29
Part 1: Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) explains the tuning protocol students will use to give and receive feedback on their project proposals.

 

 


Tuning Protocol in Action

Duration: 04:11
Part 2: Students of Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) and John Bosselman (11th Grade Humanities) use a tuning protocol to give each other feedback on their project proposals.

 

 


Gallery Critique

Duration: 04:28
Ted Cuevas’s 9th Grade Physics/Math students use a gallery critique to give each other feedback on their light box creations. At the end, students debrief the process.

 

 


Gallery Critique for Essays

Duration: 04:43
Mark Aguirre’s 9th Grade Humanities students do a Gallery Critique to give several rounds of feedback on another class period’s art history essays.

 

 


Class-Created Rubric

Duration: 05:11
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) facilitates small group and whole class discussions that lead to the creation of a rubric for the students’ storyboards.

 

 


Handouts


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Sample Critique Form
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities): A critique form with model sentence starters for offering warm and cool feedback



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Gallery Critique Form
Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish): Feedback form for a gallery critique



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Completed Gallery Critique Form
Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish): A completed feedback form from a gallery critique



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Completed Critique Form
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art): A completed feedback form from a gallery critique



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Critique form
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities): Critique sheet for offering kind, specific, and helpful feedback

 

 

 

LessonPlans



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Powerpoint with Critique Instructions
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities): Instructions for a Class Critique Session



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Ron Berger Butterfly Slides
Slides showing the refinement of a drawing through critique



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Project Tuning Protocol
Norms and step-by-step instructions for a project tuning session



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Proposal tuning protocol
Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) and John Bosselman (11th Grade Humanities): Tuning protocol for initial drafts of a project proposal