Anchor Standard #8 ASL Tense
Benchmark #3 Applied Tense Study in ASL
OBJECTIVE 22.214.171.124. Classify events as typically related to “long ago times” (i.e., events associated with the past) or typically related to “future times” (i.e., events associated with things that are futuristic).
• LCD projector
• Computer/Phone/tablet for recording student answers
• Video examples
This activity will be a fun exercise designed to reinforce the concept of tense. Before you start, you should note that BEFORE NOW and AFTER NOW need not be long ago or futuristic. However, this exercise will be an entertaining way to play with the idea of past and future. We will use long ago and far in the future to emphasize the distinction.
Do the first two examples together. Play the following videos and ask students which time category these examples fit best in: LONG AGO or FUTURISTIC? After each example, ask which of the time classifications makes the most sense.
Of course, the first example is futuristic, and the example below is from long ago. Ask students to provide their rationale.
If you are sure everyone understands the task, show the following videos and repeat the procedure. Check everyone’s answers and the rationale provided for each choice. Make sure that everyone is in agreement with the decisions!
We are avoiding using occurring NOW tense examples because they only refer to events that are observable and occurring right now. We want to avoid confusing “present times” and present tense. That nuance will be developed in later levels.
When you are done, ask students to independently generate their own examples. Push students to generate at least three ideas for each category. Have them record their ideas and quiz each other about the categories to which these ideas belong! Encourage creativity and review everyone’s answers as a group.