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The art of storytelling is an appealing way to transmit information. Since the beginnings of cultural history, people have been passing on knowledge through the speaking/listening process of storytelling. Subject areas come to life when narrative is introduced. Language arts seems a likely home for the art of storytelling; however, storytelling techniques and process can support exploration in many other curriculum area.
American Sign Language has a rich literacy tradition. ASL is an unwritten language, so the art of storytelling is very much a part of Deaf culture. The storyteller and the story have an important role to play in the bonding of the Deaf-World and the transmission of its heritage and accumulated wisdom.
Humor plays a strong role in storytelling. The visual/manual modality of ASL creates special opportunities for humorists to play with the rules of grammar to entertain and enlighten us. Such humor also contains cultural messages and plays an important role in cementing the society.