• ASL I Class Syllabus



    Text/Resources: Signing Naturally, Level 1

    Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, and Cheri Smith

                                  Deaf Heritage

              Felicia Mode Alexander and Jack R. Gannon

    Instructional Philosophy: This class provides an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), the language of the Deaf. Students will receive instruction about Deaf culture and history throughout the course, and explore vocational opportunities related to deafness and sign language.


    Course Standards: The student will develop basic ASL skills through exposure to:

    ·       sign vocabulary, syntax of American Sign Language, manual alphabet and numbers.

    ·       Conversational phrases, dialogues and videos

    ·       The course will also focus on Deaf history and Deaf culture.


    Grading:                                 Grading Scale:

    • 30 % Participation           A : 100-93          B+:89-88      C+: 79-78       D+:69-68     
    • 30 % Classwork              A-: 92-90            B : 87-83       C : 77-73       D : 67-60
    • 25 % Test/Quizzes                                     B-: 82-80       C-: 72-70       F : 59-0
    • 15 % Projects


    Attendance Policy:

    Students are responsible for attending all classes (with the exception of an absence excused by the school) and actively engaging the day’s lesson. Student attendance is crucial to his/her demonstration of proficiency in this subject. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for all make-up work when they have an excused absence. 


    Seven-Day Absence Rule:

    If a student misses more than (7) class sessions during a semester, he/she may be subject to loss of credit in that class.


    Classroom Rules and Conduct 

    All District and High School rules as listed in the Student Handbook will be observed and enforced.


    Classroom Expectations:

    1.    Arrive on time and prepared to learn (proper materials and positive attitude).

    2.    Be polite and cooperative.

    3.    Be respectful to each other (harassment of any kind will not be tolerated).

    4.    No electronic devices in class. Please see my electronics policy.

    5.    Respect the rights of others to express opinions and to learn.

    6.    Be respectful to the instructor (including substitutes).


    Water is the only beverage allowed in the classroom. Food and gum are not allowed in the classroom. Please ask for permission to use computers in the classroom. Treat school property with respect.


    Electronics policy:

    Clearly posted in my classroom is my electronics policy which states that electronic devices will not be allowed out unless we are doing a specific project. For a first time offense I will take the phone and hold it until the end of the day.

    For a second offense I will take the device, call home and the student will have detention.

    For a third offense both the student and their device will be sent to the office and written up for insubordination. A parent or guardian must come to the school to pick up the device.