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American Sign Language
Tenth graders use consumer skills needed as an adult. It serves as a framework for learning the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) classifiers. They make use of digital video recording equipment to record skits and conversations.
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ASL, or American Sign Language, uses fingerspelling quite a bit. If you or someone you know is in need of a quick and easy way to learn those first letters and numbers, look no further.
ASL 1: Lesson 1
Experience lesson one of an extensive American Sign Language series! Whether you are teaching ASL or learning it as a communication tool to use in your special education class, this lesson is great! Foundational signs, such as finger spelling, basic grammar forms, and vocabulary, are covered. The best part is that there are multiple links to handouts, images, and videos to ensure correct technique.
"Some Excellent Dumb Discourse:" Caliban as native American
Explore The Tempest and how language and power are intertwined in the play. Through a series of questions (provided) and an intense activity that has groups translate Caliban's speech into American Sign Language, learners recognize similarities and differences between Caliban's language and ASL. An extension activity is also offered.
Deaf and Diverse
Learners examine deaf culture and the role that American Sign Language plays in forging a sense of community.
American Sign Language—Food
Teach your American Sign Language class how to sign basic food items like pizza, apple, and orange. Lots of graphics (included) are used to play a game of concentration. Note: You'll have to be familiar with the signs themselves before you begin because no description of the signs is provided.
A Sense for Technology
Learners discuss American Sign Language. They work in pairs to review the fingerspelling alphabet and to spell a few common words. In addition. they work with a partner to practice signs for 10 different words related to a selected topic and perform a piece that uses those 10 signs.
A Historical and Educational Perspective on American Sign Language
Using Sign Language to Communicate with Your Special-Needs Students in the Classroom
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Start communicating in American Sign Language with this handy app. Made up of a series of video clips, the app makes it easy to begin really saying something with your hands.
Benefits of ASL in the General Education Classroom
There are many great ways to incorporate American Sign Language into your lessons.
Getting the Message: What Did You Say?
Young scholars listen to and compare the first sentence of the Gettysburg Address spoken in different languages. They also compare frequency readings for each and discuss how the brain interprets spoken words.
Piercing the World of Silence
Students explore the sign language alphabet. They examine the difficulties faced by handicapped persons, and are introduced to Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan and The Miracle Worker.
Simplified Sign Language
Students practice and examine the different types of sign languages. They explore the need for a simplified system of signing. They compare the simplified version with American sign language. They also practice with another signing technique.
Dalai Lama Peace and Conflict Resolution
Students explore philosophy by researching the Dalai Lama. In this peaceful living lesson plan, students discuss the Dalai Lama and his unique views of the world before reading the story Can You Say Peace? Students answer study questions about the Dalai Lama as well as practice saying peaceful messages through sign-language.
ASL: Lesson 5
Sign language is an effective way to communicate with those special needs, hearing, impaired, and non-verbal pupils. This lesson provides a highly structured way to learn or teach ASL. Included are multiple links to images, descriptions, and videos of proper sign technique.
ASL: Lesson 14
Build your sign language vocabulary with this ASL lesson. Link to videos that show how to sign properly. Intended for those teaching or learning ASL as a mode of communication.
ASL Lesson 18
Have a discussion, review nouns, and practice speaking using ASL. Lesson 18 of 30+ extensive lessons on using American Sign Language covers classifiers, coded English, and asking questions. Each link embedded in the lesson provides a visual aide so you sign what you say correctly.
Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing
Students see that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students explain that sound can produce patterns. They engage in a wide variety of activities that focus on the sense of hearing.
ASL: Lesson 20
Teach it, learn it, communicate with it. ASL is at your fingertips with this sign language series. Lesson 20 focuses on classifiers, descriptive vocabulary, and asking questions. Each blue link on the page takes you to an image or video of that word being signed.
Horns or Antlers-You Decide!
Learners study the difference between horns and antlers. They identify animals who have each and draw pictures of these animals. They experience samples of actual horns and antlers.