Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Observation




Your Observation Skills Get A C-



You tend to notice the big things in life...

But the details aren't exactly your forte




I have a book about writing called "Stop, Look, and Write" by Hart Day Leavitt and David A. Sohn. One of the chapters is called "How much do you really see?"


This book uses pictures as a motivator for improving writing skills. This exercise focusses on observation skills.


With a C-
I need the practise.

I chose 3 images from Google. If you want to participate in this exercise, choose any of the three.

This is what they suggest, "Study the following pictures carefully. See HOW MUCH you can "see" and what KINDS of things. Then write it all down, as if you had actually been watching the real-life scene and wanted to tell someone about it."
Since this month I am celebrating poetry for April is National Poetry Month, I will be observing and responding poetically.





























The Face Painter
A few newspapers protect the bare tables
red into orange in diluted plastic cups

red checked floors
red logos
red jackets in January

surrounded by smiles for the camera
blonde teen concentrates with smiling eyes
and paints by numbers on the darkness of a young cheek

Mari and Larissa observe Rachael

Gymnasts in red




If you want to try this, let me know and I will link to your site.
  1. Sister Celtic


18 comments:

Pat Paulk said...

I'm a c- too! Oh well!
Your Observation Skills Get A C-

You tend to notice the big things in life...
But the details aren't exactly your forte

TNChick said...

I think I am pretty darn observant so I'm taking that to see if it says I am...


OK... finished

I got a B+
"Your senses are pretty sharp (okay, most of the time)And it takes something big to distract you!"

Sadly, it didn't tell me which one(s) I missed

Carol said...

Pat,
I think we need a better quiz!

TNChick,
Or we need to grade on a curve...

sister celtic said...

I GOT THE SAME AS YOU CAROL SURE I'D LIKE TO TRY ANY OF THE COOL EXERCISES YOU HAVE..HOPE I CAN FIGURE IT OUT..THANKS FOR THE FUN.
i'm really observant ..very surprised at score..maybe it was the questions that were lame...giggle

sister celtic said...

okay carol i did mine..should i send it to your e-mail or what? very interesting...i'm also interested in the book.oh as far as most of the quizes they have been right on this one sucked about observation pleeeese i am so observant..sheech

Carol said...

Hi Sister Celtic,
You can post your exercise on your blog then I will link it to mine.
The book is an old one so you might have difficulty finding it. Check out the second hand stores.

Oh, I agree. The questions were lame.

Poetry by Kai said...

i don't get this exercise.

Carol said...

Kai,
Oh, the idea is to write a poem about the picture, observing and writing with as much of the details as you can from the picture.

manas said...

Carol !!
long time for a comment here hehe..am sorry had been busy with my examz.its been better than expected.
u deserved a blooker (or whatever it is)..another good post n equally good quotes !! i read the last one too n loved it...
love..MARS !!

Kathy said...

When my kids were little we used to play a game like this. It's called Picture Picture. It's a blast to pick out as many items as you mnake your way down the alaphbet while being timed. Next turn, you change the picture. If you run out of the 100's given in the game, you can use magazine pictures...or whatever.

sister celtic said...

OKAY CAROL I SENT YOU MY REVISED POETRY ASSIGNMENT WILL PUT IT ON MINE TO.. THANKS FOR EXPLAINING IT ALL TO ME..

sister celtic said...

OH GREAT BALLS OF FIRE GEORGE GOT A- NOTHING GETS BY HIS EAGLE EYE...SO I BETTER WATCH OUT...

Barbara said...

I got a C- too, I thought I did much better than that.

Carol said...

Hi Manas!
Thanks but a blooker for this one? You are too kind.

Kathy,
I knew it would make a good game.

Thanks Sister Celtic.
An A-. That is a wow, George!

Barbara,
I am glad that I am in good company with my C-.

wandi said...

I got a A C
You tend to notice the big things in life...
But the details aren't exactly your forte.

Carol said...

Hi Wandi.
And another C!

Artpuppy872 said...

Dear Carol,
As you saw on my blog, I got a C+. At least it was better than my father's score who got a D!!!

Carol said...

Art Puppy 94,
Maybe I would've done better if the quiz was Canadianized! (How many points on the maple leaf? Um-I guess I wouldn't have done any better.)