Courses of Study

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

a. Communicate and exchange information on familiar topics using simple sentences.

b. Engage in short social interactions with peers.

c. Exchange some personal information with peers.

d. Express simple descriptions and short messages on familiar topics.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpersonal Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • use simple sentences to exchange information with a partner on a familiar topic.
  • exchange some personal information with peers.
  • ask and respond to simple questions.
  • contribute to a conversation.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • words and phrases in ASL related to the topic.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use ASL to exchange information with a partner on a familiar topic.
  • use ASL to exchange some personal information with peers.
  • use ASL to ask and respond to simple questions.
  • use ASL to contribute to a conversation.
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
Novice High Proficiency Range
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) Demonstrate an understanding of live and recorded American Sign Language information presented on familiar topics.

a. Report on content of a brief message on familiar topics viewed in ASL.

b. Identify the main idea in a viewed message.

c. Identify the main characters of a story viewed in ASL.

d. Recall details in simple ASL productions that contain familiar vocabulary.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • report on content of a brief message on familiar topics viewed in ASL.
  • sometimes identify the main idea of a viewed message containing familiar vocabulary.
  • sometimes identify the main character of a brief story.
  • containing familiar vocabulary viewed in ASL.
  • recall some details from a simple ASL production containing familiar vocabulary.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • strategies to recognize meaning of words and phrases related to taught ASL vocabulary.
  • strategies to identify the topic of a short story.
  • strategies to identify the main character of a short story.
  • strategies to recall details from a simple ASL production containing familiar vocabulary.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • report on content of a brief message on familiar topics viewed in ASL.
  • identify (sometimes) the main idea of a viewed message containing familiar vocabulary.
  • identify (sometimes) the main character of a brief story containing familiar vocabulary viewed in ASL.
  • recall some details from a simple ASL production containing familiar 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
Novice High Proficiency Range
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3) Present information to an audience of viewers in American Sign Language.

a. Present basic information of familiar topics using simple sentences.

b. Express information about daily life in a video or VLOG.

c. Express basic information about learned material.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • present basic information of familiar topics using simple sentences.
  • express information about daily life in a video or VLOG.
  • express basic information about learned material.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • vocabulary to present basic information of familiar topics using simple sentences.
  • expressions to present basic information about daily life in a video or VLOG.
  • procedures to use recording equipment.
  • expressions to present basic information about learned material.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • present basic information of familiar topics using simple sentences.
  • express basic information about daily life in a video or VLOG.
  • use recording equipment.
  • express basic information about learned material.
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
Novice 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. Use appropriate gestures and etiquette from the Deaf culture.

b. Observe and analyze patterns of behavior typical of the Deaf culture.

c. Draw conclusions about Deaf culture values based on authentic materials.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Cultures
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • use appropriate gestures from the Deaf community.
  • use appropriate etiquette from the Deaf community.
  • observe patterns of behavior typical of the Deaf culture.
  • draw conclusions about Deaf culture based on authentic materials.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • appropriate gestures to use from the Deaf community.
  • appropriate etiquette to use from the Deaf community.
  • patterns of behavior typical of the Deaf culture.
  • strategies to help draw conclusions about Deaf culture based on authentic material.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use some appropriate gestures from the Deaf community.
  • use some appropriate etiquette from the Deaf community.
  • observe some patterns of behavior typical of the Deaf culture.
  • draw some conclusions about Deaf culture based on authentic material.
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.
  • Deaf culture produces tangible products.
  • Deaf and hearing cultures share some gestures.
Connections
American Sign Language (2017)
Grade(s): K - 8
Novice High Proficiency Range
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5) Link American Sign Language and other subject areas to acquire information and develop diverse cultural perspectives.

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

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • acquire vocabulary related to age-appropriate school content.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • age-appropriate ASL vocabulary that applies to school content outside the ASL classroom.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use age-appropriate ASL vocabulary that applies to school content outside the ASL classroom.
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
Novice High Proficiency Range
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6) Investigate, analyze, and reflect on similarities and differences between American Sign Language and English.

a. Compare similarities and differences in writing systems of ASL and English language.

b. Recognize idiomatic expressions in American Sign Language and English.

c. Compare and contrast patterns intonation and register in ASL and English.

d. Compare and contrast patterns of communication such as style, syntax, and audience in ASL and English.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • compare similarities and differences in writing systems of ASL and English.
  • recognize some simple idiomatic expressions in ASL and English.
  • recognize ASL and English has different patterns of communication.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • ASL has no widely accepted written form.
  • idiomatic expressions are found in both English and ASL.
  • what register means in reference to language.
  • English and ASL often have different word order.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • compare similarities and differences in writing systems of ASL and English.
  • recognize some simple idiomatic expressions in ASL and English.
  • recognize ASL and English has different patterns of communication.
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
Novice High Proficiency Range
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7) Investigate, analyze, and reflect on similarities and differences between Deaf and hearing cultures.

a. Hypothesize about relationships between cultural practices and cultural perspectives.

b. Identify Deaf culture patterns of behavior in a variety of settings.

c. Speculate as to why certain products originate in the Deaf culture.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • hypothesize about relationships between cultural practices and cultural perspectives.
  • identify Deaf culture patterns of behavior in a variety of settings.
  • speculate as to why certain products originate in the Deaf culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • strategies to hypothesize about relationships between cultural practices and cultural perspectives.
  • how to identify Deaf culture patterns of behavior in a variety of settings.
  • strategies to speculate as to why certain products originate in the Deaf culture.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • hypothesize about relationships between cultural practices and cultural perspectives.
  • identify Deaf culture patterns of behavior in a variety of settings.
  • speculate as to why certain products originate in the Deaf culture.
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
Novice High Proficiency Range
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8) Acquire the ability to interact in the Deaf community beyond the classroom and set goals for life-long learning.

Examples: Attend or use media to view events that highlight the Deaf community and ASL.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communities
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • acquire the ability to interact in the Deaf culture beyond the classroom.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • there are places where Deaf people and hearing signers meet for social interaction.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • connect with Deaf people outside of the classroom in real or virtual ways.
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.