Signer: Ju-Lee A. Wolsey
Hello! Welcome to vlog #4.
The new topic is "Reading and Literacy for Deaf Children."
Maybe your Deaf child is struggling to read, not motivated to read, or
need to develop reading comprehension skills?
Two children's writers and former teachers developed 12 short stories that describe
the life cycle of a family of great egrets.
Each story has a drawing, English sentences, and is translated in ASL.
Teachers and parents can encourage Deaf children to read, sign, finger spell, and
practice writing words and sentences.
I hope you enjoy watching and reading 12 short stories!
Overview of 12 Short Stories:
The Great Egret Family on Ruby Lake is a set of 12 stories, which describe the life cycle of a family of great egrets. These stories are based on three years of observations at Shangri-La Botanical gardens in Orange and High Island, Texas, conversations with biologists, and research about authentic behaviors of wading birds. These nonfiction science stories are written for developing bilinguals in ASL and English who are 5 to 8 year old, but also include older struggling readers. Each story consists of about 10 to 12 sentences and are illustrated by Jan Kellogg. Each story describes one facet of the great egret’s life. The stories follow events as mating, nest building, feeding, hatching of chicks, flying, becoming fledglings, and leaving the nest. Each story stands alone but also forms a collective thematic whole.
About the Authors:
The authors, Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D. and Jana M. Mason, Ph.D., are children’s writers, and former reading teachers and literacy researchers. Jan Kellogg is an experienced children’s illustrator. The ASL and English Bilingual Literacy Lessons are written by Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D. and the speech and listening skills lessons are written by speech-language-pathologist Monica Harn, Ph.D. and audiologist Ashley Dockens, Ph.D., AuD.
For more information, contact: Jean F. Andrews -- firstname.lastname@example.org
How to View Each Story on PowerPoint:
Story #1: Great Egret Looks For Fish in the Lake
Story #2: Great Egret Builds a Nest
Story #3: Great Egret Finds a Mate
Story #4: The Great Egrets Dance
Story #5: The Great Egrets Finish Building the Nest
Story #6: The Hungry Great Egrets
Story #7: Female Great Egret Lays Three Eggs
Story #8: Mother and Father Great Egret Feed Their Little Chicks
Story #9: Danger in the Lake
Story #10: Baby Chicks Grow Bigger and Bigger
Story #11: The Three Fledglings Go Fishing
Story #12: The Great Egrets Find a New Bayou
Seven files follow that provide teachers with a direction in using these materials:
FILE#1 provides a paper copy of the 12 stories with illustrations. Teachers can download to read in class or students can read with each other, and they also can take copies home to read with parents and siblings.
FILE #2 provides a rationale to teachers for our methodology.
FILE #3 describes our rationale and short bio of the authors.
FILE #4 gives teachers tips on technical aspects of viewing the PPTS.
FILE #5 gives teachers a sample literacy lesson.
FILE #6 gives teachers spoken language and auditory lessons (if appropriate).
FILE #7 gives students a photo album of great egrets they can use to compose their own sentences and stories.