What Is Sign Language?
What Is Sign Language?
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Annotation: Begins with the story of Beanca, a girl who was born deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate, and then goes on to explain the history of ASL.
Catalog Number: #63332
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Enslow Publishers
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 48 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 0-7660-3771-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7660-3771-7
Dewey: 419
LCCN: 2010019683
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
These new books in the Overcoming Barriers series focus on blindness, deafness, Braille, and sign language at a down-to-earth, personal level. Each book begins with a glimpse into the life of a real-life child today before branching out into other more general topics. The series' tone is consistently upbeat, though not falsely cheery. In What Is Sign Language?, the author emphasizes ASL as a language, including its grammar and a number of sample words, as well as its history and current use. Besides the main text, sidebars add tidbits on a greater variety of subjects. Photos on most pages provide an adequate if not sparkling illustration of the text.
Horn Book
Facts about the development and use of Braille and American Sign Language are enhanced with stories of real children learning Braille or ASL. The unique characteristics and importance of each in allowing blind and deaf people to work and live independently is stressed. Full-color photos as well as the alphabet for each are included. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 3,496
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 150632 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 830L
Guided Reading Level: W

For people who are deaf, learning language is different. Many learn sign language to let people know what they are thinking or feeling. They motion with their hands, faces, and bodies to communicate? Readers will learn the history of sign language, how it is used today, and how it is the first language for a special fourth-grade girl.

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