These are located on my calendar under ASL 1.
Currently, we are working on Unit 1 in our Signing Naturally books. This unit focuses on introductory discourse, spatial awareness, eye-hand/body coordination and visual perception. Fingerspelling techniques using the manual alphabet and numbers 1-10 are also introduced and practiced. We will begin having daily receptive warm-ups, sign interactions for receptive and expressive practice, and a variety of games to ensure vocabulary and grammar retention.
Using our culture book, For Hearing People Only (FHPO), we will cover chapters 1-11, using group developed questions and answers for each chapter. All of the deaf education, ASL history and deaf culture from these chapters will be included in the Unit 1 Exam.
Directions for flash cards are under homework.
Homework/Flashcards Unit 1 vocabulary
All students should be reviewing their ASL vocabulary signs and grammar on a daily basis. For each class day attended, a minimum of 20-40 minutes is necessary to ensure retention. Currently, ASL 1 students should have an approximate sign vocabulary of 40 signs. We have also learned the manual alphabet and numbers 1-10.
Tutoring for ASL 1 Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 8:10-8:40. See me if this is not possible or if after school times are needed.
Also, do not forget your Flash Cards. The Unit 1 Flash cards are due on Sept. 18. The directions, along with examples are included below.
For each unit, students will be responsible for making flash cards using the "vocabulary packets". You will receive three homework grades on the date each individual unit is due, as well as a major project grade for the three units due at the end of the semester.
The flash cards must be done on 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 note cards. Directions are as follows:
The 5 parameters for each sign are:
handshape(H) - describe the handshape of the sign (these include most of the manual alphabet shapes and a few additional ones included in the handout).
palm orientation (P) - which way the palm is facing (up, down, in, out, left or right).
location (L) - where the sign is located on the body (head, cheek, front of body, side, stomach, lips, etc.)
movement (M) - explain the movement of the sign (ex. - "moves from mouth to ear" or "bent fingers interlock").
repetition (R) - indicate if the movement is repeated or not (this is a simple "yes" or "no" response).
Example for back of each index card for a one-handed sign:
Handshape (H)-index finger
You may use the initials for each parameter, but remember if it is a 2-handed sign you must indicate whether it is a 2-handed symmetrical or non-symmetrical sign. You can use the initials for this (2h-s or 2h-ns). If it is a 2-handed, non symmetrical sign, you must indicate what the dominant hand (dh) and the non-dominant hand (nd) are doing.
Example for back of each index card for a 2-handed, non-symmetrical sign:
(dh=dominant hand and nd=non-dominant hand)
H- dh-"a" handshape nd-index finger points left
Exams Unit 1 Exam Review
Unit 1 and FHPO 1-11 Sept. 26