ethnography or observational essay
You will be writing a thesis-driven essay of 1,000 to 1,200 words. This essay will be an ethnography or observational essay. You will observe a location, take field notes of your observations, and draw a conclusion about the people or culture of that place. The thesis of your essay should embody that conclusion. The place you will observe can be almost anywhere: a coffee shop, a store, a place on SCC's campus, a park, a church, a gym... The only requirements are that it is a place that has many people that you can observe and that it is not a place where you are employed. (This assignment cannot be successfully completed during work hours.) Your ethnography will consist of three parts: An introduction, which concludes with the thesis statement Some number of body paragraphs, probably three or four, which each fully addresses a separate issue that supports your thesis A conclusion, which summarizes your paper, restates and proves your thesis, and resolves any outstanding issues in your argument Example topics for your body paragraphs include (but are not limited to): the regulars you see, common behaviors, unspoken traditions or understandings, expectations of those present, common conversation topics, description of the area, etc. Be sure to limit yourself to a single topic per paragraph, and be sure to clearly define that topic with a strong topic sentence. This paper will use no outside sources; the paper will be entirely your own observations, analyses, and conclusions. You will not be responsible for a Works Cited page. Give your essay a title (using the correct format). The title should say something about your essay. The title should not be "Ethnography" or the place you are writing about. Use some creativity here. This essay must be MLA format, with correct headings, font, font size, line spacing, paragraph spacing, margins, and indents. It needs to be uploaded to Canvas as a MS Word document before the start of class on March 8. Do not turn in a hard copy. This essay will be graded for clarity, organization, comprehension of the subject, and strength and support of the thesis statement. It will also be graded on grammar, spelling, formatting, and writing within the assigned word count. I will deduct 5 points from the final grade for each class session that this assignment is late. Remember to use the ACE Center for help writing outside of class (see your syllabus for contact info).