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Prompt – Unit 2 Major Assignment:
Observation Essay

Unit 2: Writing Community

Prompt – Major Assignment: Observation Essay
Note: this is a prompt only. There is nothing to submit to this page.

Write an observation essay that explains the unique
significance of a particular person or place within a larger
community. Describe the person or place through vivid
description, narration, dialogue and sensory details. Help others
outside of your community understand why the person or place

is important to the community.

Assignment

Observation, as the CEL describes it, requires writers to “study their subjects and learn
something by seeing them in a particular way” (93). Observation essays do more than just
report facts: they also “find the hidden meaning, the significant issues, and the important
aspects of a particular subject” (93).

Your purpose in this Observation Essay is to convey the significance of a particular
person or place in your community through details that show how the subject “fits”
within the community’s priorities and values. Your descriptions and details should
make it easy for someone unfamiliar with your community to understand why the person or
place you chose is relevant and significant to the community.

*Note: although this essay is intended to be based in recent, firsthand observations, you
may write from recent memories instead if you are restricted in travel and mobility during
the COVID pandemic. If you are writing from memories, try to recreate scenes and
descriptions as though you are seeing them again for the first time.

In order to achieve this purpose, you need to:

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Observe and Take field notes. Begin with observing the person or place and writing
down notes about what you see, hear, and sense. Plan to observe this person or place
2-3 times. In your notes, record specific actions that you notice, dialogue you overhear,
interactions you have with other people, and any important details about the scene that
might help you SHOW its significance through vivid detail and narration.
Describe the person or place through actions, details, and dialogue that
offer insight into why this person or place has unique significance as an important
part of the community.
Explain context and background that shows how the person or place matters within the
larger community. Context might include history, factual information, anecdotes,
geographical information, or other details that help an audience understand the person
or place as part of something bigger than themselves/itself.
Follow a carefully planned organizational structure that gives priority to specific details,
themes, and values. Your final draft should be organized to show the significance of the
person or place and should not simply list details in the order you observed them.
Offer a strong introduction that hooks readers with vivid details or action and focuses
attention on the significance of the subject. Provide a strong conclusion that

As you look back over your observations and notes, remember that your essay should do
more than simply relate details without any larger significance. Your observation of the
person or place should also draw out the unique, interesting, and special qualities of the
person or place that help audiences understand why they/it has value as part of a larger
community.

Caution: Please keep in mind that writing in this class is public, and anything you write
about may be shared with other students and instructors. Please only write about details
that you are comfortable making public within our classroom community. You should know
that your teacher is required by the State of Texas (https://www.unt.edu/notices/new-texas-
law-requires-unt-employees-report-sexual-misconduct-they-are-aware) to report any
suspected incidents of discrimination, harassment, Title IX sexual harassment, and sexual
misconduct to the UNT Title IX coordinators. If you have any questions about anything
personal that you might want to disclose, email your teacher first or consult with one of the
resources listed on this page: Information on Sexual Violence and Mandatory
Reporting. (https://unt.instructure.com/courses/62929/pages/sexual-violence-and-
mandatory-reporting?module_item_id=3813599)

Format and Length
Format: Typed, double-spaced, submitted as a word-processing document.
12 point, text-weight font, 1-inch margins.
Length: 1000 – 1250 words (approx. 4-5 pages)

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Value: This project will be graded out of 100 possible points, and will be part of the Unit 2 Project
group, worth 20% of the grade for the course.
Overview: For this writing project, you will use firsthand observations and discoveries to write
about a person or place that has special significance in your community. Using details from your
observations (or from recent memories), you will describe the person or place and convey their/its
value to the community.

Objectives and Questions

These questions help to guide discussion and set up the objectives for this unit.

Observe a person or place connected to an issue affecting a larger community
Record the particular details of an observation
Reveal / convey the significance of a person, place, or event through specific details in writing

Grading

This assignment will be graded out of 100 possible points, and will be part of the Unit 2 assignment
group, worth 20% of the grade for the course.

Criteria
Unique Significance: Writer conveys insight into what makes the person or place observed
significant to the larger community. All details in the essay are relevant to the significance the
writer emphasizes.
Organization: Writer uses a deliberate organizational pattern that gives order and focus to all
details. Each paragraph is relevant and contributes to the central focus of the essay. The essay is
paced well and does not slow down audiences with unnecessary information.
Purpose: All details in the essay are drawn primarily from firsthand observation. All observations
are organized effectively and show careful planning and selection by the writer.
Rhetorical Tools: Narration, description, dialogue, and sensory information: The essay
uses rhetorical tools effectively to engage audiences and convey the central significance of the
person or place observed. All rhetorical tools are used effectively and add important details to the
essay.
Context and Setting: Context and background in the essay show how the person or place
matters within the larger community. Context might include history, factual information,
anecdotes, geographical information, or other details that help an audience understand the
person or place as part of something bigger than themselves/itself.
Conventions and Correctness: Writing is generally clear and easy to understand. All choices in
grammar, syntax, and style contribute to the writer’s purpose in writing.

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