Telling About
Recent Events
Unit 14
Based on Signing Naturally,
Unit 17
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Unit 14 Major Goals
• Discuss leisure activities
• Use temporal sequencing (time order) with
transitions in narratives
• Use durative aspect (all-day, all-night)
• Use element classifiers to describe how
physical elements such as water and wind
behave
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Vocabulary
OPINIONS ABOUT ACTIVITIES
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Thrilled!
X
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FUN!
X
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Enjoy
X
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Like
X
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So-So
X
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Boring
X
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Distaste-for…
X
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Suffer
“I suffered through it…”
X
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Hard
X
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Yuck!
X
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Awful, horrible, terrible
X
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HOW YOU FEEL AFTER ACTIVITIES
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Feel good
X
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Feel thumbs-up
X
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Happy
X
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Tired
X
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STIFF
X
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Exhausted
X
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Worn-out
X
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WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
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Take-it-easy, hang-out
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Do-chores, do-errands
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Shopping
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Sewing
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Wash-car or windows
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Laundry
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RECREATION AND EXERCISE
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Watch game, watch sports
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Play-cards
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Basketball
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Football
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Baseball
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Ice skate
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Swim
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Tennis
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Ski
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Camping
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Fishing
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Hunting
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Boating
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Exercising
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Walking
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Sunbathing
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Tell your opinion of the following
activities to a partner. Explain why you
feel the way you do about that activity.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Tennis
Fishing
Exercising
School
English class
Sunbathing
Boating
Hunting
9. Doing chores
10. Hanging out
11. Playing video games
12. Watching sports
13. Sewing
14. Playing cards
15. Doing laundry
16. Washing the car
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Discuss with a partner three recent activities in which
you participated. Include the amount of time or when
the activity occurred. Tell your opinion of the activity,
or how you felt afterward.
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TASKS AROUND THE HOUSE
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Renovations, improvements
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Fix, repair
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Build, construct
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Scrape
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Paint
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Trim, prune (plants)
Small trimmers
Large loppers
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Mow
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Rake
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Shovel, dig
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Garden (area)
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Plant (seeds)
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HOLIDAYS
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Vacation, holiday
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Some Fingerspelled Holidays
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Labor + day
Eid
MLK + day
Ramadan
Veterans + day
Unit 3
p. 106
Independence Day
Unit 3
Halloween
Unit 3
p. 106
p. 106
Thanksgiving
Unit 3
Hanukkah
Unit 3
p. 106
Christmas
Unit 3
p. 106
Kwanzaa
Unit 3
p. 106
New Year’s Day
Chinese New Year
Unit 3
p. 106
p. 106
Valentine’s Day
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St. Patrick’s Day
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p. 106
p. 106
Passover
Unit 3
Easter
Unit 3
p. 106
Memorial Day
Unit 3
p. 106
vocabulary
SPECIAL EVENTS
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Party
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Graduation
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Workshop
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Performance, play, theatre
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Parade
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Wedding
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Celebration
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Tournament
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Carnival, Fair
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Sunday:
How was the topic of the weekend brought up?
Saturday:
Dialogue 3: Ethan’s weekend plans were cancelled. He tells Joe, his coworker, what happened.
Summarize what happened over the weekend:
Friday:
Sunday:
Saturday:
Dialogue 2: Yolanda asks Sandra about her garden project.
Summarize what happened over the weekend:
Friday:
Sunday:
Saturday:
Summarize what happened to Anthony over the weekend:
Friday:
Narratives usually occur within conversations, unless they’re told as stories
on stage. In the dialogues on videotape, the descriptions of weekend
activities are introduced in various ways. Watch the dialogues, focusing on
how the subject is brought up. Then fill in the information requested below.
Dialogue 1: Anthony explains to his boss why he couldn’t finish his
assignment over the weekend.
Beginning Conversations
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Now go back and watch the dialogues again, this time noticing how the
signers use time signs to mark transitions and how they maintain continuity
throughout their narratives. Dialogue 4, in particular, has a number of good
examples.
How was the topic of the weekend brought up?
Dialogue 5: Anthony and Yolanda happen to meet on campus. She explains
why she didn’t go to the party on Saturday night.
Summarize what happened on Saturday:
How was the topic of the weekend brought up?
Sunday:
Saturday:
Dialogue 4: Mary runs into Tina Jo at the gym, and tells her about her
weekend.
Summarize what happened over the weekend:
Friday:
Beginning Conversations, p. 2
Durative time signs
CONTINUITY
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3 Ways to Maintain Continuity, p. 1
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Continuous Time Signs
All-day
All-night
All-morning
All-afternoon
All-evening
24-hours
Modulate Verbs to Show
Continuous Time
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Cleaning
Working
Using
Worrying
3 Ways to Maintain Continuity, p. 2
Beginning and Ending Pairs
• Get-together/Disperse
• Group-go/arrive
• Plane-depart/arrive
• Start/stop
• Person-arrive/leave
• Person come-here/go-away
• Start/Finish
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Using Transitions and Keeping
Continuity in Narratives
Using Transitions and Keeping
Continuity in Narratives, p. 2
A third way to show continuity is to account for movement between places. Often this is
done with certain signs that show a natural beginning and end, r coming and going. See
the illustrations of possible “beginning-end pairs” below.
You may substitute similar signs for either of the paired signs in the illustrations. Also, the
second sign of the pair does not have to immediately follow the first; other signs may be
included between them. The important thing is to include enough information. Don’t
leave your audience stranded: if you say you went by bus to one place, you should also
say that you got back from there. If you don’t account for time or movement, your
audience may feel something is missing from your narrative.
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During
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All-morning
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All-afternoon
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All-evening
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All-night
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All-day
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All-week
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All-year, year-round
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Practice Using Transitions and Keeping
Continuity in Narratives
vocabulary
STATE OF PLANS FOR ACTIVITIES
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Have plans / No plans
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Organized, things-work-out
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Disorganized, disrupted, chaotic
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FEELINGS ABOUT DISRUPTED
PLANS
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Angry
X
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P.O.’d
X
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Depressed
X
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UPSET
X
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Frustrated
X
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Disappointed
X
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Darn (hit-palm)
X
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Shoot (snap-fingers)
X
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Oh-well (push-hand)
X
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Don’t-care
X
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Relieved
X
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Happy
X
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PLANS DISRUPTED DUE TO
WEATHER/NATURAL CAUSES
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Rain
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Snow
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Wind
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Tornado
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Fog
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Hurricane
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Earthquake
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Fire
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PLANS DISRUPTED DUE TO HEALTH
PROBLEMS
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Become-ill suddenly
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Emergency
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Bring-to hospital
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PLANS DISRUPTED DUE TO CAR
PROBLEMS
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Battery died
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Flat-tire
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Engine overheat
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Steam billowing-out
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(Car) break-down
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(Car) stolen-from-me
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Accident, crash
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PLANS DISRUPTED DUE TO HOUSE
PROBLEMS
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Flooding
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Leaking
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Break in, burglary
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(House) burn-down
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Electrical outage, lights out
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PLANS DISRUPTED DUE TO
PERSONAL REASONS
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Argument, confrontation
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Drop plans
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Break-up (with boy/girl friend)
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Lost money (wallet, purse)
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Lost key
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Get ticket (from police)
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PLANS DISRUPTED DUE TO WORK
PROBLEMS
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Behind (at work)
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Hours reduced
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Laid-off, dismissed
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Fired, asked-to-leave
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Overtime
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Appointment
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Meeting
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Disrupted Plans - Comprehension
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Disrupted Plans – Comprehension, p. 2
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Disrupted Plans – Comprehension, p. 3
Describing the elements
ELEMENT CLASSIFIERS
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Game to practice forming yes/no questions
TWENTY QUESTIONS
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Ask only yes/no questions. Below are
some prompts to help you think of
what to ask, so that you can guess the
item on your back.
Am I…?
Bigger than a…
Smaller than a…
Soft/Hard
Alive/Not living
Round/Square
Am I…?
Wood/Metal/Plastic
Used for…
Sports
Business
Shiny/clear
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