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Transcript of Observation Essay
The Observation Essay
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
An observation essay is a photograph of your experiences
You must collect as much information
as necessary in order to create the
AGAIN!! 5 senses!!
Ok, so you are not only observing.
That would be too easy!
-you should determine some hypothesis
-answer questions regarding hypothesis
example: Students play basketball
in order to:
Place your reader in the middle of the action.
Your observation should reveal something.
For example, if you observed a mother and child for a day to see how often the child needed to be disciplined, make that specific purpose the focus and title of your paper rather than simply a general "Observation of a Mother and Child" title.
Be clear and concise in your introductory paragraph (one to two paragraphs). Give a summary of what you are about to discuss and define the thesis (your point).
Be reflective and detailed in the body of your essay. Give the reader a visual image of what you saw yourself. Describe the scene or occurrence from beginning to end, sort of like a short story. That is the most important key to writing an effective observation essay.
Defend your point in the body of the essay. Give clear examples and evidence to support your thesis. Add charts, graphs and additional supporting visuals if it will help your case.
Conclude your essay with a summary of your points and observations. Reiterate your thesis and why you believe it is true. This section can be short and to the point---about a paragraph in length.
Add any books, studies, and references from people who you spoke to in your bibliography at the end of the paper (see Resources for an example of a bibliography).