Anchor Standard #8 ASL Tense
Benchmark #3 Applied Tense Study in ASL
• LCD projector
• Sentence Examples
• Tense Activity Sheets
• Tense Word Class Cards
• Pencil or markers
For this activity, students will see statements that are labeled as BEFORE NOW, NOW, and AFTER-NOW. Some labels will be correct and others will be incorrect.
Our job is to view the examples, and determine whether the labels are correct or incorrect. For each example, ask students to explain how they arrived at their answer. They should cite evidence in the text by (1) reviewing the video/their sheets and showcasing tense markers, (2) justify whether the tense markers align with the assigned label and (3) if the label is incorrect, determine which label is appropriate.
Pass out the Sentence Sheets (provided below) and do the first example together. Show the following sentence:
Now, show the following label and ask students if it matches the TENSE Category from our example sentence?
It does not! Talk about why the label was incorrect. Use the following video as context for your discussion. Before playing the PRACTICE example below, pass out the activity sheets and TENSE word class cards/tiles. Ask students to turn to the practice page.
Pause the example after the sentence plays (when the frozen representations appear). Ask students to label the Tense marker in this sentence using our word class tiles. Compare their answers to the answer provided in the PRACTICE video.
Pause the video at the point where the TENSE word class card appears.
Next, advance the video in order to review each of the TENSE categories.
Ask students to determine the category to which this TENSE Marker belongs. Students should be able to state that the Tense Marker indicates an event in the BEFORE NOW category. In other words, our sheet indicates the wrong Tense Category, and must be corrected. Continue the video and ask students to follow the procedure demonstrating how to correct our example on their Activity Sheets.
Explain that our job will be to correct the category assignments that are wrong. If category assignments are correct, we will leave them! Once everyone is clear about the task, have students take turns evaluating each example.
1.in-TWO DAYS I WILL GRADUATE.
2. CLASS VISIT DISNEY WORLD LAST YEAR.
3. BUILDING NOT YET OPEN.
4. LONG AGO WOMEN CAN’T VOTE.
5. AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ESTABLISHED 200 YEARS AGO.
6. NOW BABY SLEEP MUST BE QUIET.
7. NEXT WEEK MY FAMILY BUY NEW PUPPY.
8. MY UNCLE FINISH LEFT.
9. I CAN SEE FULL MOON NOW!
10. THIS MORNING I FORGET EAT BREAKFAST.
Review and discuss everyone’s answers once the exercise is completed. Check for comprehension.