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English 357 Business Writing
Assignment 1: Observation
You and a partner are to observe a male and female conversing for ten minutes. Take copious notes on
the observation, paying attention to body language (i.e., the way they are sitting, the way they move
their legs, hands, and torso) and their facial expressions. The purpose of this assignment is not to
capture them in time like a picture, but to show the ongoing interaction like a movie.
There is to be NO dialogue at all. You are strictly observing expressions and gestures.
1) State where you. (Community of Discourse)
2) State who are your participants (roughly their age, sex, race or ethnicity).
3) What you observed. This section should be rich with description and avoid interpretation.
Yes Mary crosses her legs toward Jim and smiles in such a way that slightly shows her teeth,
No Mary looked happy because she was smiling and I could tell they were on a date.
To: Brett Butler
From: (your name)
Subject: Observation Report
Community of Discourse: The first floor of the Student Center at Morgan State University
Participants: Mary (you can make up names for them) is an African American woman between the ages
of 18 and 21. Jimmy is an Anglo American man between the ages of 18 and 21. Both attend Morgan
State University, so it can be assumed that they have a high school diploma or some equivalent.
Observation: This is where you give a detailed account of your observations.
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