JOURNAL _____: CHAUCERIAN SHADOWING (2 sides!)
You will observe a stranger for 5-10 minutes. This must be someone you know absolutely nothing about. You and a partner may even elect to observe the same person from different angles and later get together and share the similarities and differences in your individual observations.
While watching this person, you are to jot down everything that you notice about his or her "outsides"--physical appearance or features, body language and mannerisms, the tone of voice, diction, and way the person talks, the way the person dresses, hairstyle, jewelry, other objects or possessions he or she has, what type of people interact with this person as well as their reactions to this person and vice versa, etc.
As you are jotting down notes, you are to make predictions (based solely on appearances and the things listed above) about what this person is like.
HERE IS A LIST OF POSSIBILITIES FOR YOUR PREDICTIONS. CIRCLE ANY OF INTEREST!
a. How old is this person?
b. Why he/she is sitting/standing, etc. there? What kind of day has this person had so far?
c. What do the clothes this person is wearing today say about who he or she is?
d. What do the objects this person carries tell you about him/her? What is his or her most
e. What type of home life and family does this person have?
f. Where does this person live? What kind of dwelling?
g. Does this person drive? Own his/her own car? What type of car? What type
of driver is this person? Has he or she ever gotten a ticket?
h. Does this person own a pet? What type? What would he or she name the pet(s)?
i. What are this person's friends like?
j. Is he or she involved in a relationship with a significant other right now?
How's that going?
k. What political stance does this person have? this person's parents? For whom
would this person vote for in the next election or in a previous election?
l. What kind of student is he/she? Predict this person's GPA.
m. What are this person's favorite/least favorite classes? Has he or she ever been truant?
n. What is this person's family's income? What do his or her parents do for a living?
o. What career does it seem this person may potentially have?
p. What are this person's favorite ways to spend the weekend?
q. What are this person's hobbies?
r. How does he/she deal with stress/ fear/celebration, etc.?
s. Predict how this person would spend spring break? Senior year spring break?
t. Will he or she marry? Have kids? If so, what kind of parent will he/she be?
LABEL THE TOP OF THE JOURNAL LIKE THIS:
Your name: _______________________
Today's date: ______________________
Start time: _________________ Stop time: ________________
Possible name of stranger: ________________________________
Probable age of stranger: ___________
Observation notes and predictions:
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE (do this when you are done recording and predicting),
JOT DOWN YOUR COMMENTS ON AND REACTIONS TO DOING THIS ACTIVITY:
ASSIGNMENT C2: "ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS ON PHYSIOGNOMY" (COMPLETE THE BACK SIDE OF THIS CHAUCERIAN SHADOWING JOURNAL)
WRITE A FULL PAGE ON THE BACK SIDE OF YOUR JOURNAL RESPONDING TO EACH OF THESE:
A. Look at what you are wearing/carrying with you today. If you were to reverse roles and have some stranger observe you for 5-10 minutes, write down what you would predict he or she would notice/jot down, etc., and what predictions your observer would make about you.
Jot down any memories you have of either personally being "judged" by your appearance(s) or of watching someone else be judged by appearances.