1. QUICK WRITE 1.1
Sit in a congested area on campus for 15 minutes. Observe everything you see, smell, and hear. Jot down detailed notes of your observations.
Writing Response: “More than a Professional Volunteer” page 11, #s 2-5.
2. Spend 15-30 minutes observing a scene in nature or a natural object. Describe this scene or item from multiple perspectives and using multiple senses. Write an essay that reflects your findings.
3. Keep a journal for three days about what you do; what you see, feel, hear, taste, and touch; where you go, whom you talk with, and what is on your mind. Review the journal to look for trends or patterns. Write a reflective essay about your findings for a peer at another university.
4. Participate in an observation as described in Quick Write 1.1. Develop the 1-2 paragraphs into a longer essay that describes your campus for a high school student interested in attending your school.
5. Keep a log for one weekend of the events you attend and of the commonplace activities in which you participate. How might this journal lead to an essay? What are the major themes of your notes? How keen are your observation skills? How would vivid details be useful in the finished text? Write three paragraphs that reveal the events of your weekend. Then, write a separate analysis that describes how journaling and observation led to or could benefit those paragraphs.