Shoulder Shifting

ASL Shoulder Shifting
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American Sign Language9th Grade

This lesson contains 31 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 2 videos.

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ASL Shoulder Shifting

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  • Warm-up
  • Determine similarities and differences between listing and ordering techniques
  • Create one example of listing and one for ordering 
  • Distinguish between listing and ordering and justify your decision with evidence
  • Lesson
  • Predict what shoulder shifting is and why we use it in ASL
  • What word does it replace in the English Language?
  • Apply shoulder shifting with the family vocabulary you learned in this unit.
  • Compare listing/ordering to shoulder shifting and create a whole class poster

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By the End of the Week
You will be able to:
Create a short mini dialogue incorporating family signs, the listing/ordering technique or shoulder shifting, age, and correct ASL sentence structure.

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Think back to our prior lesson on listing and ordering: 
1. What are the similarities and differences between listing and ordering?Think about the 5 parameters of ASL. 
2. Create one example for listing and one for ordering. 
3. When the timer is up I'll give you instructions for signing them to a partner. If you finish before the timer practice your listing and ordering example. 


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Partner Time 

1. Pick either your list or your ordering/ranking example (do not tell your partner). 
2. Sign your example to your partner. 
3. Your partner will determine what you signed (listing or ordering/ranking).
4. Based on what you know, justify in detail your answer with evidence.
5. Switch


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Shoulder Shifting

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Predict: What do you think shoulder shifting is? Why do we use it?

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What did you notice when he signed about his mother and father? What did he do?

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Why do you think I can't sign the information straight, forward?

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 Notes: What should I look for
What is shoulder shifting? 
When do you use it? 
List examples
You will be comparing it to listing and ordering at the end of this lesson and creating a whole class poster.

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Let's take a look 

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Watch Again

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1. I have:
1 sister
2 brothers

2. My
mother is Deaf
father is hard of hearing
sister is hearing

On your own:
 My parents are divorced:
Dad lives in California
Mom lives in New York

Create: create an example using the picture below. Write your example in the shoulder shifting note portion of your graphic organizer.

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  • For this portion because I am out, draw a t-chart on the back of your graphic organizer. 
  • On one side write shoulder shifting and on the other write listing/ordering (similar to the poster on the small white board)
  • In the t-chart tell me  similarities and differences between the two (as many as you can think of)
shoulder shifting

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Poster Time
-Take a look at your notes from listing and ordering and the notes we took today.
-What are the similarities and differences between listing and ordering and shoulder shifting 
-As a team, decide on one similarity/difference of each technique (what do you think is the most important). 
-You should have two stickie notes
-Make sure you are working with your team and contributing
-Select one person to read each stickie note

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  • Find a partner
  • Practice signing the following (give each other feedback) 

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Use shoulder shifting for each pair.
The list below is in English, translate it to ASL using shoulder shifting.
  • 1 brother and 2 sisters
  • small and medium
  • cousin (male) and cousin (female)
  •  aunt and uncle
  • I have 1 sister no brothers

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Exit Ticket 

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Create your own
1. On your paper create 3 DIFFERENT shoulder-shifting vocabulary pairs/sentences (they can relate to your family).
2. Sign them to a partner, your partner will determine/assess what family signs you used and provide you feedback.
Was the shoulder shifting clear? 
Did your partner sign the family signs correctly?
Reflection at the end

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