American Sign Language I
Syllabus for Academic Year 2010-2011
Textbook: Master ASL ©2006 Jason E. Zinza,
Sign Media, Inc.
This course was designed to
satisfy the high school foreign language or fine arts graduation requirement.
If you want go to college, you will need a good grade in this class. If you are on permit to attend SHHS by
taking ASL, you must maintain this privilege by doing well in the class,
including proper behavior and participation.
Description of Course
This course follows the
California State Framework for learning a foreign language. You will learn
basic vocabulary, grammar, finger spelling, and aspects of Deaf Culture.
To learn any language, you
must use it in class and practice outside of class. How well you sign and
understand sign will affect your grade.
What effort you give will make the grade you get each 6 weeks.. To get credit for the class on your
transcript, you must achieve a grade of C or better.
At the end of this class you
will be able to:
- Have a basic ASL vocabulary in the areas of
pronouns, action verbs, everyday expressions related to home, school,
work, and recreation.
- Respond in ASL to simple “wh” questions and
request for basic personal information.
- Become familiar with some aspects of Deaf
- Demonstrate proper use of linguistic features of
- Use ASL vocabulary in simple self-generated
- Fingerspell words and sign numbers
- Understand fingerspelled words and signed
- Demonstrate expressive and receptive skills
necessary to have a basic conversation in ASL.
- Recognize correct use of non-manual linguistic
features of ASL
- Compare and contrast Deaf and hearing cultures.
- Use critical thinking skills to analyze and
evaluate the significance of a specific historical event in Deaf culture.
Assignments include but are not limited to:
on grammar, fingerspelling, and deaf culture
an article in a deaf newspaper or magazine and write a summary
a deaf person and write a summary
a person famous in deaf culture and write a brief biography.
an out-of-class Deaf function and write a paper about it.
a children’s story or book
the basic rules of a game in ASL
a dialogue and sign it in ASL
notebook is REQUIRED. It can be one section of a binder, a
folder with pockets, or a separate spiral notebook. What goes into it?
Any handouts you receive, notes you take in class, homework, and copies
of reports you do. This will count toward your grade.and will be checked at the
end of each 6-week period. It is
part of participation.
These percentages apply to
the overall semester grade:
25% -- weekly tests
30% -- Presentations
20% -- Mid-term or Final
Cheating or plagiarism will
earn a 0% on a test or assignment and this cannot be made up.
Make-Up work and Due Dates
You have one week to make
up a test, and YOU must approach the
teacher and make arrangements. Late
assignments will be given reduced credit. You have one day’s grace per day of absence to turn in
are encouraged to communicate with the teacher any time you have a question or
difficulty in the course. You can
make an appointment to see me after school for extra help, too. Parents are
welcome to communicate with me as well.
My email is email@example.com