ASL 1B Unit 2 Lesson 5 Portfolio Guide
Portfolio Requirements & Examples
The portfolio is to be a conversation about making plans to go out to eat or stay in and
It can be written, signed or both.
It must be 7-10 sentences long. You must create a unique dialogue that is your own.
The examples in this guide and examples in the lesson are just a guide so you can learn
how to write ASL and see how a dialogue should look.
It must be written in English and in ASL.
o English is written as usual.
o ASL is written in ALL CAPS.
▪ Fingerspelled words in ALL CAPS separated by hyphens. Ex. D-E-N-N-Y-S
▪ Single signs in ALL CAPS Ex. EAT
▪ Repeated signs are shown with + signs after the sign. Ex. EAT++ (eat a lot)
▪ Directions for signs are written in lower case. Ex. HUNGRY++ (sign
vigorously with a lot of emphasis to convey how hungry the person is)
▪ 2 English words, but 1 ASL sign would be written with a hyphen. GO-OUT
▪ Facial expressions and other non-manual markers would be in lowercase
and sometimes in parenthisis.
o Sentence structure examples
▪ Time signs – set up the time frame first and then comment on it. Ex.
TOMORROW, TIME-6, D-E-N-N-Y-S WANT GO? NMM-yes/no ? eyebrows
▪ Topic-comment structure – Say the topic and then comment on it.
Ex. HAMBURGER, I WANT (NMM-nod head
▪ Words not signed in ASL
• To be verbs – is, am, be, was, etc.
Ex. It is lunchtime. NOW LUNCH TIME.
• Word endings – ed, ing, s, es, etc.
Ex. I will be driving to the restaurant. DRIVE-TO RESTAURANT, ME.
• Articles – a, an, the
Ex. I want a hamburger. HAMBURGER, I WANT
Non-manual markers – These are head movements, eye gaze, body
movements, etc. They aren’t actual signs, but they add a lot of meaning
to the signs you are signing.
• Yes/no questions, rhetorical questions – eyebrows up, head titled.
• WH? – eyebrows furrowed, head tilted, hold the last sign
Comparing 2 different things – shoulder shift
Ex. Do you want to go to Friday’s or Chili’s? WANT GO F-R-I-D-AY-S (shift to left/right) C-H-I-L-I-S? NMM-wh? Eyebrows furrowed.
Add specific directions for expression
Ex. I am really excited that it might snow. IMPOSSIBLE BURGER I EAT
WILL, EXCITED++ (large movement to show lots of excitement.)
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