• American Sign Language IV Syllabus

    Text/Resources: Signing Naturally, Level 2

    Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, and Cheri Smith

                               Deaf Heritage

             Felicia Mode Alexander and Jack R. Gannon

    Instructional Philosophy: This class is a continuation of American Sign Language III with a greater emphasis on the ASL grammar and a concentrated effort to develop the students’ expressive and receptive skills. Students will study appropriate language, grammar, cultural behaviors, and social relations. The class will 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.

    ·      Conversation 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. 

    Ten-Day Absence Rule: If a student misses more than (10) 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 kind to each other (harassment of any kind will not be tolerated).

    4.    No electronic devices in class without instructor permission.

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

    6.    Be respectful at all times.

    7.    Treat school property with respect.

    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.