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American Sign Language I

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Week Dates Assignments
Week 1 Aug. 30 - Sep. 2 1 - 4
Week 2 Sep. 5 - 9 5 - 9
Week 3 Sep. 12 - 16 10 - 14
Week 4 Sep. 19 - 23 15 - 21
Week 5 Sep. 26 - 30 22 - 27
Week 6 Oct. 3 - 7 28 - 32
Week 7 Oct. 10 - 14 33 - 37
Week 8 Oct. 17 - 21 38 - 43
Week 9 Oct. 24 - 28 44 - 49

 

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Week 1

# Assignment Point Value
1 Finger Spelling Animation. Watch this animation on finger spelling. Type (1) what you like about it and (2) what needs to be improved. (ipad users will have to watch it on youtube if you can't play Adobe Flash.) 10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
2 Silent Interview (in-class assignment). 10
3 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
4 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 2

# Assignment Point Value
5 Read "Comparing the Medical and Cultural Views of Deafness" and answer the following questions:
1. What is the difference between the medical view of deafness and the cultural view of deafness?
2. What does it mean to spell Deaf with a capital D?
3. What does it mean to spell deaf with a lowercase d?
4. If a person only has mild hearing loss, can that person still label himself to be Deaf rather than hard of hearing? Why or why not?
5. Which of the two contrasting views of deafness do you subscribe to or agree with?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
6 Deaf Community Events
Read "Preparing for Your First Deaf Community Event" and answer the following questions:
1. Why do you think many ASL students are nervous the first time they attend a Deaf community event?
2. Is it okay to just walk up to people at Deaf gatherings and start a conversation with them?
3. What is one thing you want to be prepared to share when introducing yourself in ASL?
4. What is one thing you should avoid doing when attending a Deaf community event?
5. What is one event from the list you think you might attend? Why?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
7 Self introduction practice (in-class assignment). 10
8 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
9 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 3

# Assignment Point Value
10 Read the six strategies for confirming information and asking for clarification while conversing in ASL and answer the following questions:
1. What signs should you avoid using when you miss a whole statement and what should you do instead?
2. Why would you sign back signs you understand with a questioning expression if you miss some signs in a statement?
3. Why should you "restate" back to the person you're conversing with what you think he or she signed when you're not sure?
4. What sign should you use with a questioning expression if you miss a finger spelled word?
5. How can you get the signer to slow down finger spelling to your pace?
6. How can you increase your own finger spelling speed?
7. In addition to spelling with the signer, how else can you catch finger-spelled words?
8. Why do you suppose you should avoid feigning understanding?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
11 Read "Avenues into the Deaf Community" and type a summary of how to get into the community core. 10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
12 Your Family:
Email or bring a printed copy of a photograph of you with your family to class (not a framed photo). Be ready to introduce your family members by name in ASL.
5
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
13 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
14 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 4

# Assignment Point Value
15 Read paragraphs 1 - 7 of "Interacting with Deaf People" and answer the following questions:
1. What is one thing you should avoid asking a deaf person the first time you meet him or her?
2. True or False: You should avoid using phrases like "Did you hear about that?" because deaf people cannot hear and would be offended.
3. Why do you think it would put up a barrier between you and deaf people if you are embarrassed to sign with them in public?
4. True or False: All deaf people know sign language.
5. What are some mistakes people make when speaking to a deaf person who reads lips?
6. Beyond the reading: Mute your television and try lip reading for a few minutes. What do you notice?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
16 Read paragraphs 8 - 14 of "Interacting with Deaf People" and answer the following questions:
1. What is one way to communicate with a deaf person if you do not yet know sign language?
2. Is it rude to ask someone at a Deaf community event if he or she is deaf or hard of hearing?
3. Are all deaf people mute?
4. If you know ASL, why should you sign when talking to hearing people when Deaf people are present?
5. Why shouldn't you complain about being left out of signed conversations when there is no voice interpretation?
6. Why do you think you shouldn't express pity for Deaf people for being deaf?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
17 Practice the finger spelling alphabet and answer the following questions:
1. What is your favorite letter to sign?
2. What letters are you having difficulty with?
3. What can you do to help yourself learn those letters you are struggling with?
4. Can you sign the entire alphabet without having to looking at a finger spelling chart?
5. How can you improve your finger spelling?
6. How can you help your classmates improve their finger spelling?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
18 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
19 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20
20 Attend at least one Deaf community event of your choice this semester. 30
2nd period due: Thu., January 19th 4th period due: Thu., January 19th 5th period due: Thu., January 19th
21 Type a 250-word paper on your experience at the Deaf community event you attend. Example paper 20
2nd period due: Thu., January 19th 4th period due: Thu., January 19th 5th period due: Thu., January 19th

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Week 5

# Assignment Point Value
22 Read "Finger Spelling 101" and answer the following questions:
1. What is another name for the finger spelling alphabet?
2. What are some things that are commonly finger spelled?
3. Why would you finger spell your name if you have a name sign?
4. How do you show most double letters like ee, ll, or ww?
5. How do you show double fist letters like ss, tt, or nn?
6. How do you show zz as in "pizza"?
7. What are "loan signs"?
8. What are some examples of loan signs?
9. What should you be careful to avoid when finger spelling?
10. Instead of relying on finger spelling, what could you do first if you don't know a sign?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
23 Read "Sign Languages Around the World" and answer the following questions:
1. How many different sign languages are there in the world?
2. About how many countries is ASL used in?
3. According to the Gallaudet University Library, where does ASL rank on the list of most used languages in United States?
4. What is BSL?
5. What is Gestuno (in your own words)?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
24 Read "American Sign Language (ASL)" (first three paragraphs only) and answer the following questions:
1. Isn't ASL just English signed with your hands?
2. How does the FCC describe American Sign Language?
3. What are the five parameters of ASL?
(Beyond the reading:)
4. How would you explain to someone unfamiliar with the Deaf community that ASL is an actual language?
5. How is ASL different from Braille or Morse Code?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
25 Counting Practice (in-class assignment). 10
26 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
27 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 6

# Assignment Point Value
28 Read "Manually Coded English (MCE)" (including the links to the different types of MCEs) and answer the following questions:
1. What are MCEs?
2. Are MCEs languages?
3. What are MCEs used for?
4. What is Signed English?
5. What is Seeing Essential English (SEE 1)?
6. What is Signing Exact English (SEE 2)?
7. What is cued speech?
8. What is the Rochester Method?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
29

Read "Pidgin Sign English (PSE)" and answer the following questions:
1. What is a pidgin (not pigeon like the bird) or contact language?
2. What is another name for PSE or Pidgin Sign English?
3. When would a person who uses ASL grammar use PSE?
4. What is the difference between a pidgin and a creole? Hint: click on links in the reading.
5. Draw a continuum showing the relation between ASL, PSE, and MCEs. Label which one is conceptual, which one is English based, and which one is a mix of the conceptual and English.

10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
30 ASL-PSE-MCE Quiz:
Prepare for the quiz below by reviewing "ASL & English: ASL/PSE/MCEs" and studying the quiz questions. You do not have to type or write anything for this homework assigment. You may not use notes on this quiz.
1. What is PSE?
2. What are MCEs and how do they differ from ASL?
3. What is the name of one MCE system?
4. Write a sentence using English grammar, and then rewrite the sentence in topic-comment structure.
5. Complete the following diagram:

???              PSE                ???
Conceptual  ???            English
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
31 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
32 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 7

# Assignment Point Value
33 Name Signs
Read "Name Signs" and answer the following questions:
1. True or False: Short names are often just finger spelled.
2. True or False: You always use a person's name sign when conversing with him or her.
3. True or False: You use name signs when talking about people but not when talking directly to them.
4. True or False: Once you get a name sign, you no longer have to finger spell your name when you meet Deaf people for the first time.
5. What are the two kinds of name signs?
6. Who can give name signs?
7. Can an ASL teacher who is hearing give students name signs?
Extra Credit: Mr. Stamps' name sign (of his first name, not his last name) is the sign for what animal?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
34

Edison students: Signing Demonstration:
Type in gloss, sign for sign, NOT in English grammar, what you plan to sign for your representative work for ASL class at your student-led conference. Include the following:
1. Sign what Deaf community event(s) you have attended this semester:
Example: For Deaf community event, I finish go 3 Starbucks Deaf night.
2. Your favorite part of ASL class:
Example: My favorite part ASL class, silent time.
3. Tell a joke in ASL:
Example: List:3 reason why I lazy.
4. Extra Challenge: Sign the entire slide (optional)
You can either sign your signing demonstration live during your student-led conference, or you can record a video of yourself signing it and show the video at your conference.

Jesuit students: Questioning Facial Expressions:
Read "Questioning Facial Expressions" and describe each of the following facial expressions:
1. a wh-question expression
2. a yes/no question expression
3. a rhetorical question expression

10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
35

Edison students: Student-led Conference Slides:
1. Complete your Keynote slides for ASL class for your student-led conference.
2. Print a copy of the slides, or email the slides to me as a PDF. Here are some example slides.

Jesuit students: Spatial Agreement:
Read "Spatial Agreement" and answer the following questions:
1. What does spatial agreement mean?
2. Why do you tilt your head to the right to show an object on the left?
3. What does cheek-to-shoulder behavior show?

10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
36 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
37 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 8

# Assignment Point Value
38 Research The National Association of the Deaf and answer the following questions using this page as necessary:
1. What is the NAD?
2. When was the NAD founded?
3. How many people are members of the NAD?
4. How many of the NAD members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
5. What is the NAD's position on sign language?
6. What is the NAD's position on oralism?
7. Do you agree with the NAD's positions on sign language and oralism? Why?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
39 Research The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and answer the following questions using this page as necessary:
1. What is AG Bell?
2. When was the AG Bell founded?
3. How many people are members of AG Bell?
4. How many of AG Bell members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
5. What is AG Bell's position on sign language?
6. What is AG Bell's position on oralism?
7. Do you agree with AG Bell's positions on sign language and oralism? Why?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
40

Schools for the Deaf
Research each of the following schools and answer questions 1 -3 below for each school:
A. Oregon School for the Deaf
B. Washington School for the Deaf
C. Tucker-Maxon
Questions for each school:
1. Where is the school located?
2. What grades does the school teach?
3. Does the school teach ASL, oralism, or both?

Ponder questions 4 - 7 below, and give your best, educated guess for credit:
4. True or False: "Most deaf children attend residential schools."
5. How is a residential school different from a regular school?
6. True or False: "Deaf people do not travel long distances to attend Deaf community events."
7. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for the deaf to have their own separate schools?

10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
41 World Federation of the Deaf (in-class activity). 5
42 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
43 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 9

# Assignment Point Value
44 The Cost of Living: Find the following and be ready to sign the figures in class:
1. The current minimum wage in Oregon
2. The average price of gas in Oregon
3. Monthly rent of an apartment complex near your home
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
45

Price Check:
Bring in a receipt or a printout with the price of an item. Type and be prepared to sign in class the following:
1. the name of the item
2. the price
3. if you think it's too expensive or cheap at that price

10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
46 Car Buying:
1. Find a car you would like to buy. What is the make and model?
2. Calculate how long it would take you to pay off the car without any interest if you made payments of $250/month.
3. Print out a photo of the car with the price and your calculations.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
47 Story Time Quiz: life story (in-class assignment). 10
48 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
49 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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