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United States of ASL Poetry...And Other Tales

53 minutes 37 seconds

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Peter Cook, a Deaf performing artist, tells original stories in ASL, pantomime, and movement. Includes "Batman," "It's Not Easy to Be Deaf," and "My First Word," as well as many others.

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Man gestures in sign language on stage, touching thumbs together, hands flat and pointing in either direction. Caption. A butterfly in South America.
1 hours 10 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: All -
Male performer on stage reaches 1 hand out in front while lunging back slightly, as if he is doing a pantomime act. Caption. Eyes the runner leading off first base.
57 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: All -
Man faces camera and gestures with right hand, palm forward, index finger crossing under middle finger. Caption. To talk about is gestures.
44 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: K - 12

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    Christine Anastasia M. (Lakewood, OH)
    April 28th, 2022 at 02:16 PM

    This video sparked huge excitement about American Sign Language literature! The students want more!

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    Kacey T. (Brighton, MI)
    April 13th, 2022 at 08:45 AM

    Excellent literary model for American Sign Language. The non-manual markers are amazing.

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    April 5th, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    Peter Cook is an excellent example of ASL's beautiful expression as seen in the facial expressions, prosody, and constructed action.

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    Stephanie S. (Red Oak, TX)
    November 8th, 2018 at 09:11 AM

    My hearing students enjoyed his storytelling and poems. They found them engaging.

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    Karen N. (Boise, ID)
    May 9th, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Peter Cook is always a great resource for ASL and facial expressions.

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    Mallory S. (Dinwiddie, VA)
    September 27th, 2017 at 08:50 AM

    I appreciate this resource! Learning more about Peter cook and ASL poetry will help me to be a better Interpreters.

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    J.R. C. (Little Rock, AR)
    August 10th, 2016 at 08:37 AM


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    SHARON W. (La Vernia, TX)
    April 20th, 2016 at 01:21 PM

    Love this! Great way to show Deaf Culture through ASL stories. I wish that the actor would do more!

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    Anonymous (Barre, MA)
    January 11th, 2016 at 09:33 AM

    great video illustrating ASl storytelling and great teaching tool in the classroom

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    Patricia S. (Thomasville, GA)
    September 10th, 2015 at 05:36 AM

    Great video for my ASL students to see language alive!

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    Lisa F. (Mesquite, TX)
    May 13th, 2015 at 08:58 AM

    DCMP has improved so much with better access to technology - streaming. It is tough to find DVD materials related to ASL and Deafness for ASL classes with Deaf teacher requiring captions. Please keep this up! I definitely plan to use this service MORE for sure! Thank you!