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American Sign Language I

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Week Dates Assignments
Week 10 Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 20 - 21, 50 - 53
Week 11 Nov. 7 - 11 54 - 59
Week 12 Nov. 14 - 18 60 - 65
Week 13 Nov. 21 - 25 (Thanksgiving) 66
Week 14 Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 67 - 71
Week 15 Dec. 5 - 9 72 - 78
Week 16 Dec. 12 - 16 79 - 85
Winter Break Dec. 17 - Jan. 2
Week 17 Jan. 3 - 6 86 - 91
Week 18 Jan. 9 - 13 92 - 93
Week 19 Jan. 16 - 20 (Finals Week) Exam 94

 

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Grading Policy
If you're missing assignments, catch up while you can!

Basic Classroom Rules
Leave your immaturity at the door.

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Week 10

# Assignment Point Value
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
50

Midterm Preparation:
Prepare for the midterm exam by signing your self introduction, #1-10 below and filling in the blanks.
1. My name ______ [your name finger spelled and your name sign if you have one].
2. I live ______ [name of your city].
3. I high school ______ [your grade in school].
4. I age ______ [your age]
5. My favorite color ______ [color].
6. I like ______ [subject] class.
7. My hobby/interest ______ [hobby].
8. My favorite animal ______ [animal].
9. I have ______ [#] brothers, ______ [#] sisters.
10. Nice meet you.

Practice signing the sentences above for your self introduction in preparation for the midterm exam.
You will be graded on:
a) if you include each of the sentences (you may use notes), and
b) the clarity of your signing.
Each sentence is worth three points.

10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
51 Practice for Midterm Exam:
Practice signing your self introduction using the 10 sentences above.
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
52 Midterm Exam: Sign your self introduction including the following:
1. My name ______ [your name finger spelled and your name sign if you have one].
2. I live ______ [name of your city].
3. I high school ______ [your grade in school].
4. I age ______ [your age]
5. My favorite color ______ [color].
6. I like ______ [subject] class.
7. My hobby/interest ______ [hobby].
8. My favorite animal ______ [animal].
9. I have ______ [#] brothers, ______ [#] sisters.
10. Nice meet you.


You will be graded on:
a) if you include each of the sentences (you may use notes), and
b) the clarity of your signing.
Each sentence is worth three points.
30
53 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
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Week 11

# Assignment Point Value
54 Animals
1. Draw a picture of your favorite animal, and include a caption in ASL grammar telling why it's your favorite. Example: ZEBRA, MY FAVORITE ANIMAL, WHY? I LIKE STRIPES. This may be handwritten or done on a computer.
2. Research the average lifespan and average weight of your favorite animal and prepare to sign the numbers in class by signing them in the mirror to yourself. Cite your source(s).
20
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
55 ASL Classifiers: Research what ASL classifiers are and type a paragraph explaining what they are in your own words. Cite your source(s) for full credit. 10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
56

Showing Location with Classifiers
Draw (by hand or on the computer) a radical map showing your home and three other places such as the school, the library, or your favorite restaurant. Practice signing the relative locations of the places on your map in front of a mirror in preparation for signing it to the class. Using your map as a reference, use classifiers to sign to the class the locations in relation to your home.

10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
57 "If you could be any animal" & "What animal are you most like?" vocabulary review (in-class assignment). 5
58 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
59 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 25

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Week 12

# Assignment Point Value
60 Story Time Quiz: Deaf Super Bowl Party 10
61 ADA: Research the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and answer the following:
1) What year was the ADA signed into law?
2) What president signed the bill into law?
3) What organizations are exempt from the ADA?
4) What does "reasonable accommodation" mean?
5) What does "undue burden" mean?
6) What do you think the term "qualified interpreter" means?
7) Why do you think people are not required to show paperwork for service animals?
8) Do you think it is a good idea that service animals must be allowed access to most public places? Why or why not?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
62 Showing Motion with Classifiers
Draw (by hand or on the computer) an epic description of an accident involving vehicles or other objects that can be shown with classifiers. Keep your description simple and focus on the relative motion of the objects involved. Example 1. Example 2. Practice signing your description of the accident using classifiers in front of a mirror in preparation for signing it to the class.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
63

Receptive Skills and Expressive Skills:

Look up the terms "expressive skills" and "receptive skills" on the Deaf Culture Terminology page, and answer the following questions (using complete sentences per usual):

1. What are expressive skills?
2. What are receptive skills?
3. Which do you think is stronger, your expressive skills or your receptive skills in ASL? Why do you think that?
4. Why do you think it would be helpful or important to know which skill, receptive or expressive, you might be stronger at?
5. What can you do to improve your expressive skills?
6. What can you do to improve your receptive skills?
7. Can your strength, whether receptive or expressive, change over time as you become more fluent?

10
2nd period due: Unassigned 4th period due: Unassigned 5th period due: Unassigned
64 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
65 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 13

# Assignment Point Value
66

Attitude of Gratitude:
1) Find a picture of something you are thankful for.
2) Type a sentence explaining why you are grateful for that thing.
Example: I THANKFUL FOR LIFE, WHY? DEATH SUCKS.
3) Look up the sign for the thing you are thankful for on one of the online ASL dictionaries, and print out a screen capture.

10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
N/A Eat turkey. N/A

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Week 14

# Assignment Point Value
67 Emotional Control Techniques:
Research at least three ways to control your emotions. Type them in a list in your own words. Think about how you will sign the ideas to the class.
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
68 Silent Period
Research what the "silent period" or "preproduction period" is in relation to learning languages. (This is NOT the same thing as "silent start" or "silent time" that we have in class!) For full credit, summarize your findings in your own words and cite your source(s).
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
69 Gloss
Research what sign language "gloss" is. For full credit, summarize your findings in your own words and cite your source(s).
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
70 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
71 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 15

# Assignment Point Value
72 Cochlear Implants: Research cochlear implants and find the following:
1. A photograph of a cochlear implant
2. A diagram of a cochlear implant showing the components inside the head
3. What is the difference between cochlear implants and other hearing aids?
4. What is the cochlea?
5. What is otitis media?
6. What is otosclerosis?
7. What is Usher syndrome?
8. What is Ménière's Disease?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
73 Hearing Aids:
Create an awesome Venn diagram showing the similarities and difference between cochlear implants and regular hearing aids. This assignment may be done on a computer or by hand.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
74 Story Time Quiz: Lunar Landing (in-class assignment). 10
75 Presto Video Quiz (in-class assignment). 10
76 Ear Models (in-class assignment). 5
77 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
78 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 16

# Assignment Point Value
79 Story Time Quiz: Forest Fires (in-class assignment). 10
80 Ranking worksheet (in-class assignment). 5
81 Holidays & Hearing
1. Teach a family member how to sign "Happy Hanukkah", "Merry Christmas", or "Happy New Year". Type whom you taught and how well they were able to learn the signs. What did you notice while trying to teach them the signs?
2. What are the three sections of the ear?
3. What do sounds waves do to the eardrum, hammer, anvil, and stirrup?
4. What is the difference between peripheral deafness and central deafness?
5. How do you think you would feel if you started to lose your hearing?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
82 Deaf Cruises
Research what a "Deaf cruise" is and list three (3) different destinations. Include the Internet addresses of each site you find information on.
Questions:
1. What are the destinations of the three cruises?
2. Who can go on each of the three Deaf cruises?
3. What do you think would be different on a Deaf cruise than any other cruise?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
83 Grade Check: Look up your grades online. Print out them out showing your assignments in ASL class. Highlight or circle assignments you are missing. 10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
84 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
85 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 17

# Assignment Point Value
86 History of ASL Part I: Read paragraphs 1-3 of this article on the history of ASL and complete numbers 1-3 this worksheet. 10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
87 History of ASL Part II: Read paragraphs 4-9 of this article on the history of ASL and complete numbers 4-11 this worksheet. 10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
88 History of ASL Part III: Read paragraphs 10-13 of this article on the history of ASL and complete numbers 12-15 this worksheet. 10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
89 History of ASL: Reenactment (in-class assignment). 5
90 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
91 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 18

# Assignment Point Value
92A Study Guide Part I:
Answer the first half of the questions from Part 3 of the final exam study guide.
(10)
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
92B Study Guide Part II:
Answer the second half of the questions from Part 3 of the final exam study guide.
(10)
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
93 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10

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Week 19

# Assignment Point Value
92C Study Guide Part III:
1. Review the study guide.
2. Turn in your filled-out study guide at the beginning of the final exam.
20
2nd period due: at start of final exam 4th period due: at start of final exam 5th period due: at start of final exam
94 Semester Final Exam (point value listed on course syllabus)
Part 1) Receptive Skills
Part 2) Receptive & Expressive Skills
Part 3) Knowledge and Understanding of the language and culture
10% of semester grade

 

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