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6th Grade English class Cultural Unit. How to sign the alphabet in American Sign Language. By Kristen Goracy. American Sign Language. American sign language is a visual spatial language that uses hand gestures and hand shapes to communicate in the deaf community

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6th Grade

English class

Cultural Unit

How to sign the alphabet in American Sign Language

By Kristen Goracy


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American Sign Language

American sign language is a visual spatial language that uses hand gestures and hand shapes to communicate in the deaf community

In this lesson you will learn the ASL alphabet!


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Navigation …

Select this button at any time to move to the next slide

Select this button a any time to move back to the main menu

Select this button at any time to move to the previous slide


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Main Menu

A-L

M-Z

Learn Letters A-L

Learn Letters M-Z

Quiz

Practice

Test your new skills

Practice your new skills


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Letters A-L

The next slides will show a picture of each letter and a brief explanation.

Each slide contains two letters

Look at the picture and read the explanation.

Make the sign with your own hand

When you feel comfortable with the two letters on the slide you may click the forward button to the next two letters


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A closed fist, all fingers folded against the palm, thumb is straight, alongside the index finger

B

All fingers are straight. Thumb is folded across palm

A


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Hand is turned slightly to the left so viewer can see backward "C" shape formed by thumb and index finger.

Hand is turned slightly so viewer can see "d" shape formed by thumb, middle and index fingers

C

D


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All fingers are partially folded with the tips of index, middle and ring fingers touching the thumb between the knuckle and the tip.

E

Tip of index finger is touching tip of thumb. Middle, ring and little fingers are straight and slightly spread

F


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Index finger and thumb make a pinching shape. Palm faces towards you.

Ring and pinky finger fold against your palm with your thumb over it. Index and middle point straight out.

H

G


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Index, middle and ring fingers are folded against palm. Thumb is folded across index middle and ring fingers. Pinky finger is straight.

Hand shape is the same as letter I, but pinky moves to draw the letter J

I

J


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Ring and Middle finger make a peace sign. Thumb sticks between the ring and middle finger

Thumb and index finger form a 90 degree angle in an “L” position. All other fingers are down

K

L


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Great Job!

You have completed the lessons on letters A-L of the American Sign language Alphabet

If you feel ready to move on to letters M-Z click to the next slide

If you are uncomfortable with any of the letters A-L click back to the previous slides


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Letters M-Z

The next slides will show a picture of each letter and a brief explanation.

Each slide contains two letters

Look at the picture and read the explanation.

Make the sign with your own hand

When you feel comfortable with the two letters on the slide you may click the forward button to the next two letters


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Make a fist with your thumb underneath your index, middle, and pinky finger

Make a fist with your thumb underneath only your middle and pinky finger

M

N


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Index and middle finger create a 90 degree angle facing down. Thumb touches middle finger

All fingers come together and touch at finger tips, forming an “O” shape

O

P


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Make the same hand shape as letter “G” and then tilt it so your pointer and thumb are facing the floor

Cross your pointer and middle finger, the others bend against palm

Q

R


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Make a fist shape with your thumb in between your pointer and middle finger facing up

Make a fist with your thumb in front resting on your other fingers

S

T


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Pointer and middle finger point up the rest stay against palm

Same handshape as letter U, but pointr and middle finger spread apart and form a “v” shape

U

V


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All fingers stay in a fist shape except the pointer finger which makes an arch shape.

Index, middle, and ring finger point straight up. Pinky and thumb stay against palm

W

X


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Point with your index finger and draw a “z” in the air.

Pointer, middle, and ring finger fold on palm. Thumb and pinky stick straight out.

Y

Z


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Great Job!

You have completed the lessons on the alphabetical letters of the American Sign Language!

Now you can spell your name, your parent’s names, and your friend’s names!

Now you should practice your new skills by clicking to the next slide


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Practice makes perfect!

Click on the button that says alphabet video

This button will bring you to a website that has a video of someone signing the alphabet

Watch once, and play it a second time and try to sign along

Alphabet Video


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Practice!

Sign your name four times using the ASL alphabet

Sign your best friend’s name four times


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More Practice

Click the practice website button

Practice Website

When the website opens, click slow speed and maximum of 3 letters

On the website someone will sign a word and you are to type in what they spelled

Do ten words


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Great Job Practicing!

You now have completed the practice section of the ASL alphabet lesson

If you feel you are not comfortable with the whole alphabet return to the previous practice slides

If you are comfortable with the alphabet click to the next slide for a 3 question quiz


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QUIZ Question #1

What letter is being shown?

S

L

M


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Quiz Question #2

What name does this spell?

Bob

Rob

Bill


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Question #3

What two letters in the American Sign Language Alphabet have movement to them?

J and Z

L and B

K and P


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Sorry that is the wrong answer

Click the Try Again button

Try Again


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Correct!

This is letter M!

Click the Question#2 button to return to the quiz

Question #2


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Sorry that is the wrong answer

Click the try again button

Try Again


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Correct!

The letters are B-O-B

This spells Bob!

Click the Question #3 button to go back to the quiz

Question #3


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Sorry that is the wrong answer

Click the try again button

Try Again


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Correct!

J and Z both have movement to them!

Click the forward arrow to see what is next


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Congratulations!

You have completed the lessons, practice, and quiz on the American Sign Language alphabet!

Now you know the ASL alphabet and can sign numerous words!

Click the arrow button to return to the beginning of the lesson


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