Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Classifiers

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Created by Marty Taylor, Ph.D. and Angela Petrone Stratiy M.Ed.

The purpose of this video series is to provide modeling of ASL using interesting topics as the source texts. Specifically, this series is designed to provide examples of how classifiers can be used within context.

This series has been produced for a variety of deaf and hearing audiences including:

  • ASL students
  • Students studying literacy
  • Interpreters, interpreting students
  • Professionals who use ASL in their work
  • Parents of deaf children
With Angela Petrone Stratiy, M.Ed.

Angela Petrone Stratiy is a native signer with Deaf parents. She is an internationally renowned performer and comedian. She is a graduate of the Saskatchewan School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University. She will provide interesting facts in ASL using a variety of classifiers in each text.


Suggested Uses

BrainstormWhen the titles of the paragraphs are shown, pause the video and predict what you think the content will include. By signing this, it becomes a brainstorming activity designed to get your mind actively working.
ShadowShadow, in other words copy, the signing. First, shadow the non-manual markers below the nose, then only those above the nose, followed by the body shifts. Lastly, shadow the signs and gradually incorporate all the information in the text.
RetellRetell the text in your own ASL, taking note of where your message agrees with the source text and where it does not. Review the text several times until your retelling is successful. After this is accomplished, retell the information in English.
AnalyzeAnalyze the non-manual signals that correspond to each classifier and identify their function.
InterpretInterpret the text into English consecutively and then simultaneously. Use visual dictionaries, science books, and encyclopedias to discover alternate English vocabulary choices.