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Week 20 Jan. 23 - 27 95 - 100
Week 21 Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 101 - 105
Week 22 Feb. 6 - 10 106 - 111
Week 23 Feb. 13 - 17 112 - 117
Week 24 Feb. 20 - 24 118 - 125
Week 25 Feb. 27 - Mar. 3 126 - 130
Week 26 Mar. 6 - 10 131 - 137
Week 27 Mar. 13 - 17 138 - 143
Week 28 Mar. 20 - 24 144 - 148
Spring Break Mar. 25 - Apr. 2  

 

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Week 20

# Assignment Point Value
95 Story Time Quiz: Summer 2010 (in-class assignment). 10
96 Type an explanation in ASL gloss (that is, word for word how you would sign it) what is meant by the idiom to "compare apples and oranges". Practicing signing your answer preparatory to signing it for the class.
Example: SENTENCE APPLE ORANGE COMPARE MEANS...
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
97 Type an explanation in ASL gloss what is meant by the idiom to "eat crow". Practicing signing your answer preparatory to signing it for the class.
Example: ENGLISH QUOTE EAT C-R-O-W MEANS...
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
98 Type an explanation in ASL gloss what is meant by the idiom to "have one's cake and eat it too". Practicing signing your answer preparatory to signing it for the class.
Example: PHRASE QUOTE HAVE CAKE AND EAT SAME MEANS...
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
99 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
100 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 21

# Assignment Point Value
101 Causes of Deafness:
Research some causes of deafness. Bring the names and definitions of at least three causes of deafness to class. Cite your sources for full credit.
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
102 Deaf Children:
1) Find the percentage or ratio of deaf people born to deaf parents as opposed to deaf people born to hearing parents. Cite your sources for full credit. Make a pie chart showing this ratio.
2) Research the percentage of hearing parents of deaf children who learn sign language as opposed to the percentage that don't. Cite your sources for full credit. Make a pie chart showing this ratio.
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
103 Improvement:
Type a minimum 5-sentence paragraph on how this class could be improved. What do you like and dislike about the class and how it is taught? How could things be done differently? You will NOT be graded down for constructive criticism.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
104 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
105 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

# Digital Learning Day: Friday, 3 February 2017 Point Value
DLD1

Watch this merry Youtube video and answer the following:
1. How do the characters sign "wish"?
2. How do the characters sign "merry"?
3. How do the characters sign "kin"?

Watch this interpretation of John Lennon's "Imagine" with the captions on. Notice the captions are in ASL gloss. Answer the following:
4. How does the signer interpret the word, "no"? How is that different than the sign we learned this week in class?
5. What hand shape does the signer use when signing "try"?
6. What hand shape does the signer use when signing "sky"?
7. What hand shape does the signer use on her dominant hand when signing "country"?
8. What hand shape does the signer use when signing "imagine"?

Watch this interpretation of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", and answer the following:
9. What motion does the signer use when signing "think"?
10. How does the signer sign "wonderful" differently than what we learned this week in class?

Type your answers and email them to the instructor as a PDF today along with the homework that is due today. There is no new homework assignment because of the weekend.

11. Record yourself signing an original sentence that uses three signs from this week's ASL 1 vocabulary list.
Example in gloss: I REALLY HUNGRY, WHY? BREAKFAST, I FINISH FORGET EAT.
Email your short video to the instructor.

20
2nd period due: Does not meet Fridays 4th period due: Today: Friday, 3 February 2017 by email 5th period due: Today: Friday, 3 February 2017 by email

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Week 22

# Assignment Point Value
106 Communication Technologies: Telecommunications
Read the first section titled "Telecommunications" in this article, define the terms below, and answer the following questions:
1. TTY
2. TDD
3. What is the difference between TTYs and TDDs?
4. VP
5. VRS
6. IM
7. Which do you think you would prefer using if you were mute or deaf, a TTY or a VP?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
107 Communication Technologies: Face-to-face Communication
Read the section titled "Face-to-face Communication" in this article and answer the following questions:
1. What do most Deaf people prefer to use for face-to-face communication with hearing people who don't know ASL?
2. What is voice-to-sign interpretation?
3. What is sign-to-voice interpretation?
4. What is real-time captioning?
5. What is another name for real-time captioning?
6. What are two problems with real-time captioning?
7. Which do you think you would prefer if you were deaf, an interpreter or real-time captioning?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
108 Communication Technologies: Movies, Television, and Other Video Presentations
Read the final section titled "Movies, Television, and Other Video Presentations" in this article and answer the following questions:
1. What did the Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990 require?
2. What did the Telecommunications Act of 1996 require?
3. Why are closed captions called "closed"?
4. What is the difference between closed captions and subtitles?
5. Where would you see open captions?
6. What is the difference between closed captions and open captions?
7. What are reflective captions?
8. What is one possible reason why are open captions being replaced by closed captioning devices in movie theaters?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
109 Captioning Controversy Activity (in-class assignment). 5
110 Silent Start (in-class assignment).
10
111 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 23

# Assignment Point Value
112 Using Relay Part 1
Read the first section of "Using Relay" ("Calling a TTY") and answer the following questions:
1. What does TRS mean?
2. What does VRS mean?
3. What is the national number for TTY relay in the U.S.?
4. To call a TTY user via relay, whom do you call first, the TTY user or relay?
5. To whom should you address your conversation when using relay?
6. At the end of each of your comments, what do you tell (not type) the relay operator?
7. What will the relay operator tell you when the TTY user types "SKSK"?
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
113 Using Relay Part 2
Read the remaining sections of "Using Relay" ("Calling a Video Phone" & "Receiving Relay Calls") and answer the following questions:
1. What is different about calling a VP user via relay from calling a TTY user via relay?
2. What should you remember to say when beginning a conversation via relay?
3. Why shouldn't you make embarrassing noises when conversing with a deaf person via relay?
4. Why do many people hang up when first receiving a call via relay?
5. Why do deaf people appreciate hearing people calling them instead of calling their hearing family members or friends?
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
114

Technological Divide -or- Opposites
Choose one of the following to do:

Choice A: Type a short reflection (approx. 50 words) in English on the difference between TTYs and video phones. How would the difference in technology affect the lives of deaf people? How might the proliferation of video phones replacing TTYs affect people who can't afford a high speed Internet connection?

Choice B: Match the English verses from the famous literary passage, Ecclesiastes chapter 3, verses 1 - 8 about opposites with the correct ASL glossed verses, and sign them to the class in the correct order using this worksheet.

10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
115 Story Time Quiz: Valentine's Day (in-class assignment). 10
116 Silent Start (in-class assignment). 10
117 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment).
20

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Week 24

# Assignment Point Value
118 Practicing Interrupting Conversations (in-class assignment). 5
119 Interrupting:
1. Type a list of three ways to appropriately interrupt a conversation in ASL or get a Deaf person's attention. What signs could you use?
2. Type a list of three ways to inappropriately interrupt a conversation in ASL or get a Deaf person's attention.
10
2nd period due: Unassigned 4th period due: Unassigned 5th period due: Unassigned
120 Attend at least one Deaf community activity of your choice this semester. 30
Due the last day of school (June 8th). Added to the grade book upon completion or as a zero as of May 5th.
121 Type a 250-word paper on your experience at the Deaf community event you attend. Example paper 20
Due the last day of school (June 8th). Added to the grade book upon completion or as a zero as of May 5th.
122 Using an Interpreter: Read "Using an Interpreter" and answer the following questions:
1. Under the ADA, who is responsible for providing an interpreter, the business or the deaf person?
2. What is the RID?
3. What is "Signing Resources & Interpreters"? (See their website.)
4-6. What are three things to remember when using an interpreter in general?
7. When using an interpreter to converse with a deaf person one-on-one, whom should you direct your comments to?
8. When addressing an audience with deaf people, why should you wait a moment before beginning?
9. What is one way to get a deaf audience's attention?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
123 Possible Deaf Events:
Choose at least three activities from the Deaf Community Events page and sign to the class why each might be a good event for you to attend.
5
2nd period due: Unassigned 4th period due: Unassigned 5th period due: Unassigned
124 Silent Start (in-class assignment).
10
125 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 25

# Assignment Point Value
126 Going Places:
1. Type five (5) sentences in ASL grammar about you traveling to five different cities or states from this week's vocabulary list (one place per sentence). Include what mode of transportation you used. Be ready to sign your sentences to the class for full credit.
Example 1: PORTLAND, I WANT GO, HOW? BOAT, I RIDE.
Example 2: HAWAII, I FINISH GO, HOW? WALK.

2. Play the States 1 - Beginner level on this website and print a screen capture of your results. This is in preparation for the vocabulary quiz. WARNING: You will need a computer to play this game because it will not work on your ipad.
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
127 Play the States 2 - Intermediate level on this website and print a screen capture of your results. This is in preparation for the vocabulary quiz. WARNING: You will need a computer to play this game because it will not work on your ipad.
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
128 Mystery Destination:
Print, email, or draw a picture of a city or state on this week's ASL 1 vocabuarly list that you would like to go to without disclosing which city or state the picture is of. We will guess the place in class in ASL.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
129 Silent Start (in-class assignment).
10
130 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 25

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Week 26

# Assignment Point Value
131 Story Time Quiz: Tabehodai (in-class assignment). 10
132 Story Time Quiz: Luke's car (in-class assignment). 10
133 ASL Grammar
Change the following sentences into PSE or ASL grammar:
1. Do you have scissors?
2. I have been to P-town.
3. Do we have to do homework?
4. I have not seen Batman.
5. Gas is getting expensive.
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
134 Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: Read the seven tenets of the RID Code of Professional Conduct. Describe the following in your own words. (You may look up definitions in a dictionary if necessary.)
1. What is a tenet?
2. What are ethics?
3. Why is it important for interpreters to follow these tenets?
4. Which of the seven tenets do you think is the most important?
20
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
135 1) Deaf Appropriate Week: Wear a shirt to school that is appropriate for a Deaf social event (i.e. a shirt that does not distract from your sign language). Typically, such shirts have only one or two colors and have no big logos, overly bright colors, or distracting patterns. You only need to wear the shirt one day this week, not all week long.
2) Role Shifting: Type a five-sentence paragraph, describing in your own words what role shifting is and what it is used for in ASL.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
136 Silent Start (in-class assignment).
10
137 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 27

# Assignment Point Value
138 Story Time Quiz: Role Shifting  
139 Deaf Inappropriate Week:
Wear a shirt to school that is appropriate for school but inappropriate for a Deaf social event (i.e. a shirt that distracts from your sign language). Typically, such shirts have big logos, overly bright colors, or distracting patterns. You only need to wear the shirt one day this week, not all week long.
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
140 1) Extra parts:
Look up three body parts that are NOT included on this week's vocabulary list using one of the online ASL dictionaries, and print out screen captures. Be ready to sign the signs to the class and to discuss human anatomy maturely.
2) Linguistics:
Find the meaning of the following terms and provide an example of each:
a) transliteration
b) loan signs
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
141 Watch a video on deafnewspaper.com and answer the following:
1. What topics were covered in the video?
2. Name at least three signs you recognized from the video.
3. Was the speed of the signing slow enough for you or was it too fast?
4. What did you like about the video?
5. What didn't you like about the video?
6. How could this website be improved?
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
142 Silent Start (in-class assignment).
10
143 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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Week 28

# Assignment Point Value
REC Rare Extra Credit: Dress up as a person in one of the professions from the vocabulary list and describe your job to the class without telling them what your occupation is. See if the class can guess your profession. This extra credit opportunity is only available during week 28. Talk to Mr. Stamps before class if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Your clothes must follow the school dress code. 5
144 Colleges:
1) Major Difference: Research the difference between "General Education" classes in college and "major" classes. Type an explanation in your own words of your findings.
2) College Choices: Type a list of three colleges, universities, community colleges, or trade schools you would apply to (given you were planning to attend). Also include one reason why you would apply to each school. Practice signing your school names and reasons in front of a mirror in preparation to sign them in class.
10
2nd period due: Tue. 4th period due: Tue. 5th period due: Tue.
145 Occupations:
1) Find or draw a picture showing an occupation that you think would be fun. The occupation does not have to be from the vocabulary list. Type a sentence in ASL grammar about that job, and tell why you think you would enjoy that occupation. Example: Work as janitor, I think fun, why? I like work alone.
2) Find or draw a picture showing an occupation that you think would be terrible. The occupation does not have to be from the vocabulary list. Type a sentence in ASL grammar about that job, and tell why you think you would not enjoy that occupation. Example: I don't-want become president, why? everyone blame me for problems.
10
2nd period due: Wed. 4th period due: Thu. 5th period due: Wed.
146 Career Choices:
Type a 5-sentence paragraph in English about which of the following is more important to you and why: A) Having a job that earns a lot of money, or B) Enjoying what you do for a living.
10
2nd period due: Thu. 4th period due: Fri. 5th period due: Fri.
147 Silent Start (in-class assignment).
10
148 Vocabulary Quiz (in-class assignment). 20

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