A Word to the Teacher
This unit plan is multidisciplinary, drawing upon the bilingual story of Deaf Smith and Emily West. The story is available as an app. In this unit plan, students will study
- the history of the Texas Revolution
- the contributions of Deaf Smith and Emily West, two Texas figures
- different forms of written poetry and American Sign Language poetry, and
- the importance of role models/historical figures who are deaf and hard of hearing
The unit plan can stand alone as a special project focused on a specific aspect of the Texas Revolution and two characters. Alternatively, activities can be used as a supplement to another larger unit, such as a history lesson on Texas Independence or a language arts lesson focused on poetry and rhyming devices used in English and American Sign Language.
Those who teach American Sign Language as a first language can benefit from using this unit to supplement instruction on the differences between an original ASL poem or a translated English to an ASL poem.