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Man faces camera and gestures with right hand, palm forward, index finger crossing under middle finger. Caption. To talk about is gestures.

Peter Cook, a Deaf performing artist, demonstrates the importance of facial expression, gesture, mime, and body language for telling stories. He tells several original stories, including handshape stories, to show his points.

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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 -
A man in a blue sweater and light trousers does sign language towards the camera. Caption. I sheepishly went back to my seat.
53 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 3 - 12

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    Barbara C. (Oviedo, FL)
    October 19th, 2023 at 12:31 PM

    Peter Cook is amazing storyteller.

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    Sarah D. (Charleston, SC)
    December 2nd, 2020 at 03:56 PM

    This video was a great help in teaching story telling techniques. I highly recommend it.

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    Mercy P. (Salt Lake City, UT)
    November 18th, 2020 at 02:39 PM

    Peter Cook is an amazing ASL storyteller and a great role model for Deaf children!

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    Oralyn K. (South Milwaukee, WI)
    June 7th, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    An excellent video to help understand and implement the importance of facial expressions and body language.

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    Oralyn K. (South Milwaukee, WI)
    May 20th, 2020 at 04:24 PM

    Great learning tool.

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    Andrea B. (Saint Paul, MN)
    December 4th, 2019 at 09:10 AM

    My students of all ages and abilities love this!

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    November 6th, 2019 at 01:13 PM

    Perfect movie showing how to use classifiers in ASL

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    January 29th, 2018 at 06:45 PM

    Kids love Peter!

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    Amanda K. (Fort Worth, TX)
    November 9th, 2016 at 07:54 AM

    Love Peter cook videos! He is a great example of ASL storytelling for my students!

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    Tammy S. (Cocoa, FL)
    March 30th, 2016 at 08:09 AM

    I enjoyed this video from Peter Cook. His suggestions will help me improve my production skills. I laughed so hard while watching Peter. It was a nice experience.

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    CATHY W. (Red Bluff, CA)
    February 10th, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    This one has always been a favorite for students :-).

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    Sharon W. (Milford, VA)
    December 7th, 2015 at 04:30 PM


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    December 7th, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Hillarious....actually heard my deaf student laughing and she's usually skeptical about signed media!!

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    MARY G. (Chesterfield, MO)
    November 4th, 2015 at 03:10 PM

    Five stars. Peter Cooke is a great advocate and role model for Deaf individuals.

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    Anonymous (LANOKA HARBOR, NJ)
    June 22nd, 2015 at 08:30 AM

    This is a great video that I will use with my class when I start teaching story telling

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    Anonymous (Lake Charles, LA)
    May 26th, 2015 at 09:17 AM

    This was a great asset to our ASL curriculum unit on ASL Poetry

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    Anonymous (Sahuarita, AZ)
    April 22nd, 2015 at 01:49 PM

    was so fun

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    sandra w. (Rockingham, NC)
    March 4th, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Helps every Deaf see how important expression is in story telling. Peter Cook is the best!!!

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    Kimberly S. (Cleveland, AL)
    February 19th, 2015 at 09:31 AM

    Good practice for Sign Language Interpreters for Sign-to-Voice interpreting.