- Where each person is and what position he or she is in (sitting, standing straight, bent over, walking rapidly, etc.)
- How the person looks (age, dress, expression, and so on.)
- When the person is acting (meanwhile, a little later, afterwards, and so on).
- What the person is doing at that moment (pointing, looking behind, and so on).
Remain for a short time, not more than fifteen or twenty minutes. Don’t try to write everything down; trust your memory for many of the details, but record enough clues so that you won’t forget them.
Writing, Revising, Editing, and Publishing: As soon as possible after leaving the scene, sit down and organize your description of what you observed, adding the details you didn’t record. Describe the setting briefly; then tell what you saw in a time sequence, from beginning to end. Use as many of the senses as you can; include sounds, smells, movement, as well as sights.
Purposefully make this lengthy; record everything you noticed and remembered. Make certain that you write an introduction, at least one (but hopefully more) body paragraph, and a conclusion.
Now, rewrite your description with emphasis on economy. Review the lesson discussion and Chart 9 for ways to economize. Also, remember to use Chart 2 and Chart 3 to prepare you final essay. (26 points)
Your instructor will be grading you on these key points: