Using your observations, write about your educational environment, work, or a store visit. Include details of your actions and environment using sensory details.
Make sure your observation is of a present event that is re-observable. In other words, do not choose a subject from past experience (i.e. a vacation, trip, etc). Remember, this is an event you can observe more than once which will allow you to find more sensory details in later drafts.
Make sure your draft has at least 5 paragraphs, including an introductory paragraph that states your purpose and focus. Your body paragraphs must also be organized around topic sentences. Finish off your working draft with a concluding paragraph. Try to organize these paragraphs and base your topic sentences on your underlying purpose.
Remember that writers often find it helpful to write a working thesis statement to get started, and then return to write the opening paragraph after completion of the rest of the essay. A working thesis can be sharpened, modified, and improved once your complete the draft and know more clearly what your writing expresses.
PURPOSE: A descriptive observation in the present.
AUDIENCE: A group of classmates representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, ages, and interests.
LENGTH: 300—500 words
FORMAT: Multi-paragraph essay in MLA
RUBRIC: Make sure your working draft includes the elements of an evaluation and that it meets the criteria described in the Personal Observation Essay
Last Updated on July 19, 2019 by EssayPro