Interpreters_LessonPlan.doc by shuifanglj



                             American Sign Language Lesson

Students will

       Learn the alphabet in sign language

       Practice spelling words using sign language


Diagram of the sign language alphabet (, ), custom bingo cards with words (http://print- ) white board and markers, paper and pencil, candy


The students will learn the hand signs of the ASL alphabet. This lesson can be adapted for any class,
grade, or subject and using any list of words. The students can then try to guess what word is being
spelled through ASL finger spelling through a small bingo competition.


    1. Begin the lesson by asking the students what they know about interpreters i.e., what they do and
       how they communicate.

    2. Guide the students to the TCIDS website for interpreters and translators
       ( ) and start a class discussion about the
       different ways interpreters help people to communicate. Tell them that they will be learning about
       one specific type of communication that some interpreters use.

    3. Explain to the students that American Sign Language is a way that Deaf people can communicate
       with each other and with us.

    4. Distribute the diagram of the sign language alphabet. Model the alphabet for the students.

    5. Assist the students with making to correct sign for the letters. Practice signing the predetermined
       list of words using the alphabet. These words can be from vocabulary in the subject area, words
       that are frequently used in the class (word wall words), spelling words, etc.

    6. Once the students are familiar with the alphabet and the words that are being used, distribute
       bingo cards and candy (to be used as markers).

    7. Begin the game by doing a practice word.

    8. Continue the game by signing the words for the students. As they win, it can be their chance to
       sign the words!

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