Published Signing

The Published Signing Standards offer a focus for instruction to help ensure students gain mastery of a range of skills and applications in developing published ASL, including students' understanding and working knowledge on text types and purposes (e.g., argumentative, informative, explanatory, narrative), production of published signing (e.g., organization, appropriate to task, purpose, audience; drafting process; use of technology to publish, interact with, and collaborate with others), and research to build and present knowledge.

Students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of linguistic expression, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-level standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. The expected growth in students' published signing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student-published signed samples.

For instruction each year to help ensure students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications, students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-level standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Text Types and Purposes:

Students will be able to:

  1. Sign arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  2. Sign informative and explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  3. Sign narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Production and Distribution of Signing

Students will be able to:

  1. Produce clear and coherent signing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  2. Develop and strengthen signing as needed by planning, revising, editing, re-signing, or trying a new approach.
  3. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish signing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Students will be able to:

  1. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  2. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  3. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Range of Signing

Students will be able to:

  1. Sign routinely over extended time frames (e.g., time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (e.g., a single sitting, a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
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