Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lesson Plan #3: Ture akus? Ture biseŋ?

Objective: Students identify vocab with "this is..." construction, and begin to use locative case.

  • Qu's: tent, birchbark teepee
  • Āks: tree
  • Aselen: summer houseboat
  • Iŋŋus: house
  • Baŋŋus: winter earthen shelter (ba'ŋ "earth" + qu's)
  • Súùl: Sled
  • Sēs: river
  • Ulbaŋ: Shore (ūl "water" + ba'ŋ)
  • Hɨssej: forest
  • Ēs: sky (also "god", "heaven")
  • Qà: big, very
  • Hɨna: small
  • In this lesson you will learn the locative postposition, formed simply by adding -qa to the noun you want to modify.  So, we can have constructions like qusqa "at home".  As a stylistic option with non-sentient nouns, we can use an addessive ending, but for now let's stick to locative.
  • New interrogative: biseŋ "where".  Similar construction: kiseŋ "here", tuseŋ, qaseŋ "there".  E.g. "Ū biseŋ-gu?" "Āt qusqa"  "where are you?" "I'm at home". "Bū biseŋ-du?" " qaseŋ-du." "Where is he/she?" "He/she's over there."
Classroom procedure:
  1. Review greetings, introductions, time of day (15-20 mins.)
  2. Show picture with river, qu's, aseleŋ, a sled, a river, the sun, the sky, and a forest.  Teacher elicits identification of each item with "ture akus?" (5 mins)
  3. New construction: asking location.  Teacher should elicit locative sentences from students regarding pictures drawn on board, e.g.
    T: Aselen biseŋ?
    S: Aselen ulbaŋ-qa.
    (5-10 mins)

Translate the following sentences into English:
1. Etna baŋŋus qà.
2. Ture əkna asel.
3. Ulbanqa asel haj qu's.
4. Súùl hɨssej-ka?
5. Ēsqa i'.

Iriŋilketin kine ostɨkanbes!. (Translate these into Ket)
1. My teacher is at the river.
2. The sled is in the earthen shelter.
3. Are you at home?
4. Where is your houseboat?
5. Is there a little tent by the shore?

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