Anchor Standard #8 ASL Tense
Benchmark #3 Applied Tense Study in ASL
• LCD projector
• Tense Category Poster/Headings/or Checklist
• Computer/Phone/tablet for recording student answers
In this lesson, we will be asking students to compose the same “unmarked” sentence in 3 different ways.
The BGC will assume that sentences where tense is unmarked are to be understood as past (Before Now Tense). If this comes up, it is perfectly fine to state that sentences with no tense markers should be classified as BEFORE NOW. However, this will be explored in more depth during LEVEL 2. If it doesn’t come up, no worries! However, this note prepares you for the potential question and for some of the tense ideas that will be a part of LEVEL 2.
Ask students to view each of the following sentences and compose them in all three tenses. Ensure that the tense markers students use vary for each example.
Review the following example:
Once everyone is clear about the procedure, ask them to repeat it using the following sentences:
When students have finished, ask them to showcase their examples. Compare and contrast the options your students chose to represent their tense changes.
If there are new ideas, add to the inventory of tense markers you created for marking tense!