Developing American Sign Language Identity Texts
E.C. Drury Provincial School for the Deaf
American Sign Language
November 26, 2006
This project is based on the Ontario provincial schools' American Sign Language (ASL) curriculum for Deaf students. Teachers brought ASL storytellers into the classroom. The storytellers helped to create a rich first-language and culture environment where students learned about older Deaf adults' history and experiences. Students in turn developed their own ASL identity texts and were guided through the ASL storytelling process by their teachers.
American Sign Language Identity Texts
This paper describes an exploratory study at the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf, Milton, Ontario, that comprises part of Early and Cummins' (2002) cross-Canada project From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy.Focusing on the production of American Sign Language (ASL)...