Observation Paper

Instructions:
Take three full 24-hour days to be critically observant of communication that is influenced by gender.
You should observe any/all of the contexts of your life: work, school, relationships, media, etc. Take
notes about your observations during this time and then write a paper that responds to the following
questions about your observations:
Questions (you must answer all of these questions for each of the 3-4 observations)
• What are the most significant (obvious) messages of communicated gender that you notice in
your world? Choose three or four examples from your days of observing. Describe these
examples in detail.
• Are you comfortable or uncomfortable with these messages? Why?
• How does your gender affect your perceptions of the messages that you have observed and
recorded?
• Would somebody else have a different response to these messages? Describe your observations
to another person and ask them how they perceive these gendered messages. Explain their
response and/or your conversation.
• Use a concept (or concepts) that you have learned about in the lectures or textbook and apply it
to your observation exercise. How does the concept help explain what you observed? Do your
observations support or contradict the concept that you are using? Explain. Apply class
reading(s) to support your connections/arguments.**
**You must cite a minimum of one of our course readings. The use of a source should offer more indepth information and support for your observations. You must cite your sources in APA format.
Format:
Your paper must be given a title and should be written in first person (using “I”).
Your paper must be 4-6 pages.
You should cite your source(s)/class reading(s) using APA format. Reference and title pages do not
count toward the page requirements.
Your paper must be typed in black 12-point Times Roman font, double-spaced, and have one-inch
margins.
The only acceptable file types for submission are .rtf, .doc, or .docx, NOT .pdf, .pages, etc. If you use
the “Save As” feature to change the file type, be sure to check the document before you submit it.
Suggestions:
Be open-minded and curious as you begin to observe your world.
Use as many senses as possible in order to enhance your observations.
Be mindful of who, what, when, where, why as you are observing and taking notes.

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