Observation is the heart and soul of cultural anthropolgy. For ASB 214, an Intro to Comparative Religion, I assigned the class to view a video explaining the basics of ethnrographic research. For the next class, I paired them up and assigned each pair to observe a specific "culture area" on campus, i.e. the studuent union, the bookstore, etc. They had to develop a research question (Which do students use more often for purchases? Cash or debit?), observe their area for 20 mins and take observation notes, then analyze their findings. Were they able to answer their research question? If not, how would they improve their research in the future? I am hoping that by doing this activity first, I will see an improvement in both quality and sophistication of a future assignment, where students observe a ritual, take observation notes, and complete an analysis. I have assigned the ritual observation assignment in the past, and am hoping the students will get more out of it this semster, having first completed this activity.