Colleen Sanders, Camille Daw, Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye
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Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division, Career / Technical
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  • WA 100
  • Washington 100
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    Directions, ASL, Intermediate mid, ONLINE

    Directions, ASL, Intermediate mid, ONLINE



    Students will be able to practice translating written English to ASL with a focus on directional verbs and classifiers in storytelling. 


    Description: Students will be able to practice translating written English to ASL with a focus on directional verbs and classifiers in storytelling. 

    Keywords: Translating, Directional Verbs, Classifiers, Story

    World Readiness Standards

    • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations and correspondence in American Sign Language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.3 - Students present information, concepts, and ideas in American Sign Language to an audience of viewers on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 4.1 - Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of American Sign Language and their own languages.

    Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

    • COMM 1: Interact with others in the target language and gain meaning from interactions in the target language.
    • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can explain fictional circumstances comfortably 
    • I can articulate a concept without using specific vocabulary
    • I can understand how to translate written English to ASL

    Materials Needed: 

    Warm Up and Main Activity

    Lead-in or Warm-up (2-3 minutes):

    We are going to review directional verbs in preparation for the main activity.

    Discuss directional verbs and provide some examples.

    Have students discuss the connections between a directional verb and classifiers. 

    Watch THIS VIDEO to practice directional verbs . You can watch the video by clicking on the link and then sharing your screen and computer audio. 

    Main activity: Directional Verb practice!
    Share the story cards with your students using the chat box on zoom. Break students into break out rooms into partners/ small groups. 

    Using the story cards, each student will read/translate a chunk of the story. Have them stop at the dinosaur card. They will then switch this. 

    Go over the first story card first

    Have students sign a chunk of the story, making sure they focus on the directional verbs

    After they reach the dinosaur, have them give the card to the next person

    Once the stories are finished each pair of students will take turns drawing a directional verb card and creating a sentence. Remember to stress that the directional verb cards are not to be signed specifically. Encourage students to SHOW the card rather than TELL what happened.

    Wrap-up questions:

    • Do you see the importance of classifiers?
    • How will this help your ASL skills in the future?