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Deaf People: Deaf Storytelling

These questions were emailed to me from a student in Florida.
Obviously she was simply trying to get me to do her homework assignment.
I am posting the answer to the first question, and am now passing them on to you here in case you would like to assign them to your own students and/or use them for in-class discussions.  If you would like to send me your answers I'd be happy to consider posting them below.
--Dr. V

1) What are some characteristics in a good ASL storyteller?

- Uses appropriately animated facial expressions
- Knows how to use ASL role playing methods
- Uses bodyshift and eyegaze to model the characters in the story as they communicate with each other
- Has a wide range of ASL vocabulary choices to accurately represent the specific concept being conveyed
- Uses classifiers liberally
- Incorporates mime as appropriate
- Tells culturally appropriate and representational stories

2) What are some characteristics in a bad ASL storyteller?

3) What are some ways in helping students learning how to sign become good storytellers?

4) What are the differences between oral storytelling and ASL storytelling?

5) Is any information lost in converting a story to ASL to be told?

6) Is there anything gained in the conversion to ASL?

7) Is ASL storytelling considered an art like oral storytelling?

8) Where can I find more information about ASL storytelling?

9) Where can I find videos of ASL storytelling?

10) Is there any place in, or around your area that ASL storytelling takes place for the public?


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