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COPIED SIGNS OF NEW VOCABULARY WORDS

Chris Keagy T.C . 04/26/94

Key Words: Instructional Strategies, K-12, Sign Language

Goal :

1. To expand student's vocabulary.
2. To expand student's sign vocabulary.
3. To Produce a sign dictionary for the students.

Strategy:

1. Teacher finds vocabulary words in all subjects that the students will not know. (ie. Science-''planet'')
2. Teacher copies the signs for these words onto paper (vertically down 1 side of the paper)

Activity:

1. Before student begins a topic, the teacher gives the students the lists containing signs of unknown words; she then reviews these signs.
2. During the lessons, the students are responsible for writing their explanations of the unknown words next to the pre-copied sign picture.
3. Teacher reviews words during each lesson.
4. Teacher place word lists in folder separated for each subject producing a sign dictionary for each student.

Evaluation:

1. The students write the definition/explanation of pre-copied sign word.
2. The teacher asks students, during the lessons, questions about the new words.
3. Teacher incorporates new words into tests.

Why:

This curricular material is effective because it allows the students to identify the words, of the pre-copied signs, during each lesson. It forces them to pay attention to what is occurring and forces them to ask questions about the words if misunderstood.

References:

Andrews, Jean,F., & Tane,C. (1993). Building Blocks for Literacy; Getting the Signs Right. Perspectives in Education and Deafness,11 (3).5-9.

Rhodes,Kathy, Personal communication on April 5,1994.