Connections to the Deaf Community Teacher Resources
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Cultural Notes: A Look at Deaf Culture
How do people become deaf? Can deaf people do the same things as those who aren't deaf? There are a lot of questions that surround us when we are unfamiliar with something. Help your class be more culturally sensitive with this...
Gallaudet School for the Deaf
The History of the American School for the Deaf
To better understand the significance and history of the American School for the Deaf, hearing-impaired learners conduct research, hold discussions, and write a play. The instructional activity spans three class periods and allows the...
Understanding Culture and Society (Grade 9--Deaf Community)
Ninth graders describe how characteristics of Deaf culture relate to ASL. They identify ways in which sign languages from other countries and ASL have influenced one another. Then invite a member of the Deaf community to speak to the...
American Sign Language
Provide your ASL learners with lots of historical and cultural information on the Deaf community. As the slides are text heavy and extensive, select certain slides to cover based on your day's agenda.
American Deaf Culture: Deaf Art
Learners examine the culture and art of the Deaf Community. They discover the history of the Deaf Community using art and their values. They compare and contrast different pieces of art.
American Deaf Culture: A History of Language
Students examine the relationship between language and culture in the Deaf Community. They discover the history of sign language and how it has been viewed in the past. They examine the Deaf community's beliefs and values.
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...
Sign Language: a History
Did you know that umpires first adopted hand signals when baseball's first deaf Major League player, William "Dummy" Hoy, started playing in the late 1800's? Discuss some of the historical impacts the Deaf population had on the 16th...
Deaf and Diverse
Students examine deaf culture and the role that American Sign Language plays in forging a sense of community.
ASL: Lesson 3
The ASL lessons from lifeprint are amazing, but can be complicated. While this lesson plan is perfect for those needing to learn or teach ASL to the deaf community, it could also provide a valuable communication tool. This resource...
Assessing Human Hearing
Young scientists explore hearing through multiple experiments, demonstrations, and activities. They focus on the changes in hearing over a lifetime, how we can determine where a sound is coming from, and the ability to filter noises.
Successful Deaf Leaders in Government
Students research branches and agencies of state government to further explain how legislation and initiatives impact Deaf community. They conduct email interviews with Deaf government leaders, and create electronic portfolios.
Intended for a main-stream class, this presentation goes over some facts they may need to know when meeting a deaf person. They learn how deaf people cope with hearing loss, communicate, and do everyday activities like watch TV or answer...
Mudras and Sign Language
Learners compare the languages of the ancient Japanese people and the American deaf community, two cultures that utilize hand signs in this lesson for the early elementary classroom.
Helen Keller- Book Marks
Students learn about the life of Helen Keller. In this cultural and disability awareness lesson, students read a biography about Helen Keller and discuss the differences in her life and theirs. Students discuss which sense they would...
ASL: Lesson 19
Being able to express feelings is important for every learner. ASL lesson 19 is intended for teaching hearing impaired pupils or special ed teachers functional ASL. Since this provides a list of signs describing feelings, it would be a...
Spotlight on Derby, UK
In this United Kingdom worksheet, students read the sentences about Derby UK and circle the answer that best completes the 10 questions.
Successful Deaf Leaders in Government
Students create a "Who's Who" compilation of local, state, national and international leaders that advocate, introduce legislation, and lobby for the deaf. They use internet research to create a catalog of biographies and then conduct a...