Free Online Sign Language Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 4)

ASL 3 – Unit 4

Accident Narratives

In this unit of the free online sign language classes, you will be learning how to sign accident narratives.


Conversation Review 4.1

Turn to page 7 in your workbook. In the video below, Crystal, Christine, and Cristian will have a conversation. Answer the questions in your workbook.

Accident Narratives

There may come a time when you need to describe an incident where you injured yourself.

The best way to do this is:

  1. Describe the situation
  2. Indicate the kind of object or surface that injured you
  3. Use a sign like WRONG, NOT SEE, or OVERLOOK if something unexpected happened
  4. Use classifiers to show how you slipped, fell, or otherwise injured yourself
  5. Tell the result or your feelings afterward

You would use this for narratives like, “I slipped on the banana and fell backward” or “I didn’t see the pole and I ran right into it”.

Classifier Examples (Accidents)

In the video below, Darcy will demonstrate various classifiers used to describe accidents and injuries.

Accident Narrative Practice 4.2

Turn to page 8 in your workbook. In the video below, Darcy will be signing 10 sentences. Each sentence is a short accident narrative. Watch the video and fill in the missing information for each number in the table in your workbook. The first one has been done for you.

Check your answers in the back of the workbook. Go back and review the questions you missed.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are a common topic for conversations. To describe a car accident, you would use classifiers, facial expressions, and other informative signs.

Car Accident Practice 4.3

Turn to page 9 in your workbook. In the video below, Darcy will sign 5 different car accident stories. Fill in the missing information for each number in the table in your workbook.

Check your answers in the back of your workbook. Go back and review the questions you missed.

Expression Assignment 3-1

To practice your expression skills, I want you to use your webcam (or a video camera) and sign a short narrative. This can be your life story, a life story about someone else, or even just something that you did over the weekend. Include at least one form of role shifting and one accident narrative. Then, go back and watch your video. This is a great way to practice your expression skills and be able to critique your own signing.

If you want more help, I highly suggest signing up for our paid online classes. In those classes, you can submit your video and get constructive assigned comments from other students.

Or, you can check out The Start ASL Tutoring Program. Personalized ASL tutoring is a great way to practice what you’ve learned. You can practice this assignment with an ASL tutor and get instant feedback! Book an appointment with The Start ASL Tutoring Program today!