Introduction



In 1988 the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington DC was
overtaken by the students, staff and faculty and Deaf community.
As protesters took to the streets, television cameras from around the
world recorded the shouts and signs that demanded, "Deaf President Now".
The DPN protest, as it is now called, marked the beginning of the
Civil Rights movement for the Deaf.
Why was such a movement necessary?

On this webquest, you will explore the culture of the Deaf, their history
and language in order to get a better understanding of why they consider
themselves to be an oppressed minority.




TASK

Your task is to demonstrate an understanding of the Deaf community by completing a variety of activities. You will begin an exploration of DEAF-WORLD and along the way you will be given a choice of activities to enjoy.

You will first look at perspectives on Deafness, followed by the history that has shaped our views regarding the Deaf. You will have the opportunity to investigate and evaluate educational opportunities available to the Deaf, and we will conclude with where we began; DPN. You will come to understand its impact upon the Deaf community. Along the way, you will be asked to understand the Deaf perspective and how it differs from the perspective of Hearing people.

This webquest will take several weeks and will be due one the date listed in your syllabus. You will be given a limited amount of class time to work on it however you are expected to do most of it out of class. You are encouraged to work in groups, but it is not required. See syllabus for class-time work days as well as process "check-in" deadlines.

As with everything, I am always available (between the hours of 7am and 9 pm) to answer those questions you cannot figure out for yourself! 

Have fun and Learn!

Step One:


With this activity you will demonstrate an understanding of the different views on Deafness. After visiting the websites, you will have enough information to compare and contrast the pathological and cultural views on Deafness.  You may use a variety of mediums to demonstrate this understanding by:
1.Writing an Essay to compare and contrast the views.
2.Create a visual representation to compare and contrast the views. (a poster, Powerpoint presentation, etc)
3.Give a short oral presentation on VHS, VHS-C or 8mm video tape. (use only these sizes)
4.Other ideas maybe presented to me via email. Suggestion and approval must be attached to project.

Please include personal reflections in your work. See syllabus for process "check-in" deadlines.

WEB SITES:
http://www.signmedia.com/info/adc.htm
http://www.aslinfo.com/deafculture.cfm



Step Two:

With this activity you will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of the Deaf.
As with all minority groups, the history of the Deaf can be sketchy, since minorities don't usually
write the books. After reviewing the following websites, you may choose one of the following to
demonstrate your findings. Please narrow your presentation to one theme ie: Deaf Education.

1.  Write an Essay describing the history of the Deaf.
2.  Create a timeline showing the significant events in Deaf History.
         This can be in a format of your choosing, including poster-type or power point.
3.  Other suggestions may be presented to me via email.
Suggestions and approval must be attached to the project.

Please include a brief personal reaction to this activity or the subject matter. 
See syllabus for process "check-in " deadline.

WEB SITES:

http://www.aslinfo.com/trivia.cfm
http://library.thinkquest.org/11942/frameasl.htm
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/soundandfury/culture/deafhistory.html
http://deafness.about.com/od/deafhistory/a/deaftimeline.htm
http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/InfoToGo/751.html



Step Three:

With this task you will be asked to evaluate the educational opportunities available to Deaf children and adults. Focus will begin with pre-k-12, but will include higher education as well. Remember, philosophies of language acquisition are directly related to educational philosophies with Deaf Education. 

Answer the following questions after your investigation.
See syllabus for process "check-in" deadline.

1.  What are the three major educational methods for Deaf children?
2.  What are the "strengths" and "weaknesses" of each choice?
3.  What are the options available to a parent who decides to raise their Deaf child orally?
4.  What are the options available to a parent who decides to raise their Deaf child using sign?
5.  What are the opportunities for higher education available to the Deaf?
6.  If you were the parent of a Deaf child, discuss the choices would you make,
and give support for those choices.


WEB SITES:
http://www.deaflinx.com/DeafEd/OptionsGuide/Intro.html
http://www.deafeducation4parents.com/
http://deafness.about.com/library/weekly/aa032398.htm
http://deafness.about.com/cs/communication/a/totalcomm.htm
http://deafness.about.com/od/articlesandnewsletters/a/colleges.htm
http://www.gallaudet.edu
http://ntidweb.rit.edu/




Step Four:

As your last web task, you will investigate the DPN movement and its impact on the Deaf community. After reviewing the following websites, use your knowledge to explain to someone who knows nothing about Deafness why the DPN was so significant. You may use a narrative, you may create a visual project or you may use an oral presentation. Other suggestions may be presented to me via email. Suggestions and approval must be attached to the project. See syallbus for deadline.

WEB SITES:

http://president.gallaudet.edu/x42164.xml
http://deafness.about.com/library/weekly/aa092997.htm
http://pr.gallaudet.edu/dpn/impact/Default.htm
http://pr.gallaudet.edu/dpn/viewpoints/Default.htm
http://dpnnews.com/








Optional Presentation Step:

During the last week of class you and your team will present your findings on this journey. The presentation need not be lengthy or professional, but I wish to give you an opportunity to share with the entire class any significant insights you may have discovered, projects that you may have completed or suggestions you came up with.








Grading Rubric

Webquest
ASL 101


This rubric is provided for your understanding of how this webquest will be graded. You should review it so that you will know on which areas I will be focusing.  You will be provided with a hard copy, which will be turned in with your final project.


Name: ________________________Teacher: Stenlund

Date Submitted: ____________Title of Work: ___________________

 


Task

Step One:
This step was addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was addressed well, but was one day late, or was in some way lacking
This step was not addressed adequately, or was more than one day late. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was not fully addressed Activities demonstrated a moderate level of thought.
The step is incomplete and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the task.

Step Two
This step was addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was addressed well, but was one day late, or was in some way lacking
This step was not addressed adequately, or was more than one day late. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was not fully addressed Activities demonstrated a moderate level of thought.
The step is incomplete and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the task.

Step Three
This step was addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was addressed well, but was one day late, or was in some way lacking
This step was not addressed adequately, or was more than one day late. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was not fully addressed Activities demonstrated a moderate level of thought.
The step is incomplete and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the task.

Step Four
This step was addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was addressed well, but was one day late, or was in some way lacking
This step was not addressed adequately, or was more than one day late. Activities demonstrated a great deal of thought.
This step was not fully addressed Activities demonstrated a moderate level of thought.
The step is incomplete and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the task.




Teacher Comments: 




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