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American Sign Language II

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2nd Quarter:

Week Dates Assignments
Week 10 Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 20 - 21, 52 - 54
Week 11 Nov. 7 - 11 55 - 58
Week 12 Nov. 14 - 18 59 - 64
Week 13 Nov. 21 - 25 (Thanksgiving) 65
Week 14 Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 66 - 69
Week 15 Dec. 5 - 9 70 - 75
Week 16 Dec. 12 - 16 76 - 80
Winter Break Dec. 17 - Jan. 2  
Week 17 Jan. 3 - 6 81 - 85
Week 18 Jan. 9 - 13 86 - 87
Week 19 Jan. 16 - 20 (Finals Week) Exam 88

 

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If your 2nd quarter grade is higher than your semester grade, your 2nd quarter is improving your semester grade over 1st quarter. If, however, your semester grade is higher than your 2nd quarter grade, your 2nd quarter grade is dragging your semester grade down. Only your semester grades are recorded on your high school transcript, not quarter grades.

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

Basic Classroom Rules
Leave your immaturity at the door.

Week 10

# Assignment Point Value
20 Attend at least one Deaf community activity of your choice this semester. 30
21 Type a 250-word paper on your experience at the Deaf community event you attend. Example paper 20
52 Teach ASL (Midterm Exam Preparation 3 of 3):
Practice with your ASL student. Use your ipad to record your student signing the self introduction. Bring your ipad to class.
10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
53 Midterm Exam (in-class assignment). 30
54 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10

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# Assignment Point Value
55 Reflection on Teaching ASL:

Ask your ASL student the following questions:
1. How was this experience for you?
2. Have you studied or learned other foreign languages? If so, how did learning these ASL signs compare to your previous experience?
3. What did you like about the experience?
4. How could the assignment be improved?

Answer the following questions yourself:
5. From the experience of teaching ASL, what things about the language did you learn in greater depth that you may have not noticed or realized before?
6. What did you learn about how to teach? For example, what strategies or techniques worked for you and which didn't?
7. Why do you suppose we had this assignment?
8. Did you thank your student for agreeing to help you with the assignment?
10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
56

Interpreting Short Stories:
Part of the semester final exam in January will be for you to interpret a short story (not make up a story of your own). Choose one of the following stories to interpret as part of the exam. For the final exam, you can either sign the story live in front of the class or record yourself signing the story on video and show the video to the class.

Choices 1 - 5 have simple ASL gloss provided for you. For choices 1 - 5, try signing the story while reading the gloss, and then print a copy of the gloss for the story of your choice and bring it to class. You will need to decide how your chosen story ends and gloss the ending.
1. Little Red Riding Hood
2. The Three Little Pigs
3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
4. parable of the prodigal son
5. Hamlet

Choices 6 - 9 are glossed books you can order online. For choices 6 - 9, order the book (with rushed shipping). Print a screen capture of your order to bring to class.
6. Coyote & Bobcat
7. Raven & Water Monster
8. Ananse the Spider
9. Fountain of Youth

You can either choose one of the above stories that is already glossed for you, or you can challenge yourself further with choices 10 - 12 and gloss a story yourself. For choices 10 - 12, gloss the story how you think you would sign it and turn in the gloss.
10. a recent movie
11. Joseph in Egypt
12. a story not listed here

20
3rd period due: Thu. 7th period due: Thu.
57 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
58 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 25

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Week 12

# Assignment Point Value
59 Story Time Quiz: King Kong 10
60 Practice Short Story Interpretation:
1. Practice signing your story in front of a mirror.
2. Make a list of any signs you are unsure from your story, or highlight them on your gloss, so you can ask for help from classmates and the instructor in class. Turn in your list of signs.
3. Focus on sentence fluidity. You want to sign complete sentences with appropriate facial expressions rather than just signing individual signs in succession.
10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
61 Attitude of Gratitude:
1) Find or draw a picture of something you are thankful for.
2) Type a sentence explaining why you are grateful for that thing in ASL grammar.
Example: I THANKFUL FOR AIRPLANE, WHY? I LIKE TRAVEL.
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
3rd period due: Thu. 7th period due: Thu.
62 Eggs:
Type an explanation in ASL grammar, explaining the meaning of the following expression: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Sign your explanation in front of a mirror preparatory to signing it in class.
Example: SENTENCE QUOTE ALL YOUR EGGS MOVE 1 BASKET, DON'T, WHY?...
10
3rd period due: Fri. 7th period due: Fri.
63 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
64 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 13

# Assignment Point Value
65 Practice Short Story Interpretation:
Practice signing your story in front of a mirror preparatory to signing it in class.
10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
N/A Eat turkey. N/A

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Week 14

# Assignment Point Value
66 Written ASL:
1. Gloss v. SignWriting: What is the difference between ASL gloss and SignWriting?
2. Create your own writing system for ASL that concisely shows not only what each hand is doing but also facial expression and the meaning of signs.
10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
67

Practice Short Story Interpretation:
1. Practice signing your story while recording yourself on your ipad.
2. Watch the video of yourself signing the story. Watch to see if the way you sign signs is the same as how you thought they would look.
3. Focus on sentence fluidity. You want to sign complete sentences with appropriate facial expressions rather than just signing individual signs in succession.

10
3rd period due: Fri. 7th period due: Fri.
68 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
69 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 15

# Assignment Point Value
70 Story Time Quiz: All My Friends are Dead (in-class assignment). 10
71

Freedom of Religion:
Working with a partner or individually, complete the ASL gloss of Amendment 1 of the United States Constitution on this worksheet.

10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
72 Spilt Milk:
Type an explanation in ASL grammar, explaining the meaning of the following expression: "There's no use in crying over spilt milk." Sign your explanation in front of a mirror preparatory to signing it in class.
Example: PHRASE QUOTE DON'T CRY IF MILK FINISH SPILL, MEANS...
10
3rd period due: Thu. 7th period due: Thu.
73 Wish List:
1. Find pictures of three presents you want for Christmas or Hanukkah.
2. Look up the signs for those presents on one of the online ASL dictionaries, and include screen captures of the signs with the pictures of the presents. Be ready to sign them in class.
10
3rd period due: Fri. 7th period due: Fri.
74 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
75 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 16

# Assignment Point Value
76 Family Traditions:

Think of a family tradition your family does for Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Years. Type an explanation in simple gloss that you can sign about the tradition. (For example, what does your family do? Who started the tradition? Why does your family do it? And so on.) You may wish to look up some signs for the explanation.

Example: FOR CHRISTMAS, MY FAMILY GROWING-UP, DO-DO? WE WATCH MOVIE. WHY? WE LAZY. Practice signing your explanation preparatory to signing it in class.
10
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
77 Technical Writing:

Type step-by-step instructions for how to do a simple task, such as how to tie your shoes, how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, etc. Make sure you know how to sign your instructions using ranking. Limit your instructions to six (6) steps or less.

Example: How to train your dragon
1) Capture a dragon without getting killed
2) Feed your dragon without the rest of the village finding out
3) Make your dragon dependent on you
4) Take your girlfriend for a ride on your dragon
10
3rd period due: Thu. 7th period due: Thu.
78 Life Skill:
1. Wash a load of laundry. Get help from a family member as needed.
2. Write down or type out the steps you did to wash the laundry in a numbered list. (We will sign the steps in class tomorrow, and then you will turn in your list of steps.)
3. While waiting for the laundry to wash before you can move it to the dryer, practice signing your short story interpretation in front of either a mirror or a video camera preparatory to signing it in front of the class as part of your semester final exam.
4. Move the clean, wet laundry to the dryer.
 
3rd period due: Fri. 7th period due: Fri.
79 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
80 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 17

# Assignment Point Value
81 Story Time Quiz: The Forest 10
82 Resolutions:
Read this worksheet, and write three (3) New Year's resolutions in ASL grammar that you can sign. They do not have to be school related.
10
3rd period due: Thu. 7th period due: Thu.
83 Short Story Interpretation:
Practice signing your short story interpretation in front of either a mirror or a video camera preparatory to signing it in front of the class as part of your semester final exam.
10
3rd period due: Fri. 7th period due: Fri.
84 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
85 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 18

# Assignment Point Value
86A Study Guide Part I:
Answer the first half of the questions from Part 3 of the final exam study guide.
(10)
3rd period due: Wed. 7th period due: Wed.
86B Study Guide Part II:
Answer the second half of the questions from Part 3 of the final exam study guide.
(10)
3rd period due: Fri. 7th period due: Fri.
87 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10

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Week 19

# Assignment Point Value
86C 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
3rd period due: at start of final exam 7th period due: at start of final exam
88 Semester Final Exam (point value listed on course syllabus)
Part 1) Receptive Skills
Part 2) Expressive Expressive Skills (Short Story Interpretation)
Part 3) Knowledge and Understanding of the language and culture
10% of semester grade

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