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ASL to Improve Comprehension and Vocabulary

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Title:

ASL to Improve Comprehension and Vocabulary

URL:

https://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/using-american-sign-language

Content Source:

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Type: Learning Activity

Overview:

This novice low activity is a great introduction to ASL for elementary-aged students. The original lesson plan was created for enhancing reading comprehension in regular classroom settings. However, this approach is a perfect way to connect ASL with Language Arts standards. There are eight vocabulary words that appear in the humorous book Sam's Sandwich, all of which students learn to sign in American Sign Language. The signs are first taught and then the students sign the vocabulary words each time they hear them in the text. Extension activities encourage students to learn more vocabulary words in ASL. Note: Teachers will need access to a copy of Sam's Sandwich by David Pehlam (Dutton Juvenile Publishers, 1991). 

Content Standard(s):
American Sign Language
ASL (2017)
Grade: K-8
Novice Low Proficiency Range
3) Present information to an audience of viewers in American Sign Language.

a. Present information about selves with one word or simple learned phrases.

b. Memorize and perform a simple handshape or ABC story.

c. Create recordings of a topic using American Sign Language.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • present one word or one phrase about themselves.
  • present a simple memorized story or poem in ASL.
  • create a video recording on a simple topic using ASL.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • vocabulary to sign one word or a simple phrase about themself.
  • vocabulary and grammar to sign a simple story or poem in ASL.
  • how to create a video recording of themself signing a simple story or poem.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • memorize and present a simple story or poem.
  • use video equipment.
  • accurately produce signed vocabulary.
  • maintain eye contact.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
American Sign Language
ASL (2017)
Grade: K-8
Novice Low Proficiency Range
5) Link American Sign Language and other subject areas to acquire information and develop diverse cultural perspectives.

a. Attend to and acquire vocabulary related to age-appropriate school content.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • attend to vocabulary related to age-appropriate school content.
  • acquire vocabulary related to age-appropriate school content.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • ASL vocabulary related to other classes.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • inquire about signs that correspond with age-appropriate school content.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in ASL is a vehicle to gaining knowledge that can only be acquired through that language and its culture.
  • ASL can be used to learn all school subjects.
Tags: American Sign Language, ASL, Communication, Connections, Language Arts, Novice Low, Presentational Speaking
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Author: Chrissy Roe