Courses of Study

Communication
Interpersonal Mode
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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1) Exchange simple information in American Sign Language.

a. Use ASL to share events and experiences in various time frames.

b. Synthesize learned material to produce unrehearsed conversations.

c. Use ASL to complete tasks requiring multiple steps.

d. Narrate a simple story.

e. State a viewpoint on an issue and support opinions.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpersonal Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • use ASL to share basic events and experiences in past, present and future time frames.
  • draw from practiced vocabulary to produce original sentences.
  • use ASL to explain a multi-step direction.
  • understand a multi-step direction given in ASL.
  • tell a simple story.
  • express and support an opinion in ASL.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • simple tense markers in ASL.
  • word order for production of original sentences in ASL.
  • forms for basic multi-step directions.
  • simple story-telling skills in ASL.
  • vocabulary for expressing and supporting an opinion in ASL.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use ASL to share basic events and experiences in past, present and future time frames.
  • draw from practiced vocabulary to produce original sentences.
  • use ASL to explain a multi-step direction.
  • understand a multi-step direction given in ASL.
  • tell a simple story.
  • express and support an opinion in ASL.
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.
Interpretive Mode
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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2) Demonstrate an understanding of live and recorded American Sign Language information presented on familiar topics.

a. Restate information from short recordings.

b. Relate main ideas and significant details on unfamiliar topics.

c. Use knowledge acquired in other settings to comprehend concepts in ASL.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • interpret/retell the sequence of signed stories or events in their own words.
  • usually identify principal characters.
  • usually explain main ideas and themes viewed in age appropriate videos.
  • usually determine the main idea of an age appropriate presentation or recording with unfamiliar vocabulary.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • vocabulary to retell the sequence of a story in ASL.
  • strategies to identify principal characters and main ideas viewed in recorded ASL.
  • strategies to determine the main idea of an age appropriate presentation with unfamiliar vocabulary.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • interpret/retell the sequence of signed stories or events in their own words.
  • usually identify principal characters.
  • usually explain main ideas and themes viewed in age appropriate videos.
  • usually determine the main idea of an age appropriate presentation or recording with unfamiliar vocabulary.
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.
Presentational Mode
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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3) Present information to an audience of viewers in American Sign Language.

a. Present information in an organized manner on a variety of topics in various time frames.

b. Express ideas about community topics, entertainment or social events.

c. Present a viewpoint and support opinions.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • present information in an organized manner on a variety of familiar topics in various time frames.
  • express ideas about community topics, entertainment or social events.
  • present a viewpoint and support opinions.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • skills to present to an audience of viewers.
  • vocabulary to express information on a variety of topics.
  • ways to indicate various time frames in ASL.
  • vocabulary to present a viewpoint and support an opinion.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • present information in an organized manner on a variety of familiar topics in various time frames.
  • express ideas about community topics, entertainment or social events.
  • present a viewpoint and support opinions.
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.
Cultures
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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4) Investigate, explain and reflect on the relationship among the products, practices and perspectives of the Deaf culture.

a. Connect perspectives to associated products and practices.

b. Adapt language and behavior to the culture of the audience.

c. Analyze connections between products, practices, and perspectives based on research on a topic of interest.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Cultures
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • connect perspectives to associated products and practices.
  • adapt language and behavior to the culture of the audience.
  • analyze connections between products, practices, and perspectives based on research on a topic of interest.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • products and practices of the Deaf culture.
  • ways to adapt language and behavior to the Deaf culture.
  • perspectives of the Deaf culture.
  • culturally appropriate behaviors.
  • culturally inappropriate behaviors.
  • how to analyze products and practices in relation to cultural perspectives.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • interact appropriately at a functional level in the Deaf culture.
  • investigate, explain and reflect on the relationship between the products and perspectives of the Deaf culture.
  • investigate, explain and refelct on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the Deaf culture.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • an ability to communicate in ASL fosters a better.
  • understanding of the Deaf culture and his/her own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within Deaf cultures.
  • Deaf culture differs from hearing culture in many ways.
  • Deaf culture is similar to hearing culture in many ways.
  • certain days are celebrated or observed by people in the Deaf culture.
  • Deaf culture produces tangible products.
Connections
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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5) Link American Sign Language and other subject areas to acquire information and diverse cultural perspectives.

a. Acquire, expand and apply vocabulary related to age-appropriate school content.

b. Use materials intended for same-age Deaf peers.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • use ASL to learn (about) other school topics.
  • use ASL to connect to other disciplines.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • age appropriate vocabulary in ASL that applies to other school topics.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use information taught in ASL in other aspects of their lives.
  • use ASL to learn information about other subject areas.
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.
Comparisons
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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6) Investigate, analyze, and reflect on similarities and differences between American Sign Language and English.

a. Compare syntax functions.

b. Hypothesize about the origins of idioms.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • compare and contrast sentence structures in ASL and English.
  • hypothesize and research reasons why language structures differ.
  • recognize and use idiomatic expressions.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • sentence syntax in ASL and English.
  • some idiomatic expressions in ASL and English.
  • how to hypothesize on differences between languages.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • compare and contrast sentence structures in ASL and English.
  • hypothesize and research reasons why language structures differ.
  • recognize and use idiomatic expressions.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
    • by learning another language one can better understand how the native language works.
    • other understandings will depend on theme taught.
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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7) Investigate, analyze, and reflect on similarities and differences between the Deaf and hearing cultures.

a. Recognize the interests and practices they have in common with Deaf peers and peers in various other cultures.

b. Investigate products, practices, or perspectives of the Deaf culture through research.

c. Critique social, economic, and political institutions of the Deaf culture.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • compare and contrast cultural products, parctices and perspectives.
  • identify political institutions of the Deaf community.
  • research and/or reflect on the role of the individual vs community in the hearing and Deaf cultures.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • products of the Deaf culture.
  • practices of the Deaf culture.
  • perspectives of the Deaf culture.
  • how to compare cultural products, pratices and perspectives.
  • political institutions of the Deaf culture.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • compare and contrast cultural products, parctices and perspectives.
  • identify political institutions of the Deaf community.
  • research and/or reflect on the role of the individual vs community in the hearing and Deaf cultures.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • custom and tradition vary within the Deaf culture, as well as between Deaf and hearing cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.
  • there are products specifically designed for Deaf people.
Communities
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Intermediate High Proficiency Range
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8) Acquire the ability to interact in the Deaf culture beyond the classroom and set goals for life-long learning.

Examples: Seek out authentic materials in the Deaf culture related to student interest.
Use ASL to communicate with peers and other members of the Deaf community about daily life, experiences, and special events.
Invite community members to participate in ASL or Deaf related school events.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communities
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • recognize the use of American Sign Language beyond the classroom.
  • understand that language learning is a lifetime process.
  • set their own learning goals.
  • identify places in their community where American Sign Language is spoken.
  • recognize the use of American Sign Language in the professional world.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • where American Sign Language is spoken around the world.
  • where American Sign Language is spoken in the community.
  • their own proficiency level.
  • how to set their own learning goals.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • recognize the use of American Sign Language beyond the classroom.
  • understand that language learning is a lifetime process.
  • set their own learning goals.
  • identify places in their community where American Sign Language is spoken.
  • recognize the use of American Sign Language in the professional world.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • ASL is used daily by Deaf people as their primary and preferred mode of communication across all parts of their lives.
  • ASL can help one better understand the world around them.
  • the study of ASL expands one's opportunities.
  • ASL is a tool to connect with the world.