“Switched at Birth” Season 4 Episode 15 “Instead of Damning the Darkness..." Discussion Questions

Who it’s for: American Sign Language (ASL) instructors/educators
What’s included: Discussion questions based on the episode. Formats offered doc and PDF – same questions on either file.
Why it’s useful: For those educators who desire to use a movie or television show/episode but struggle with making the showing relevant, here are some discussion questions to lead students in thinking through what was viewed. Educators can use these questions as either in-class discussions or hand to students for in-class work or even as homework. Might be a good snow-day assignment, if the instructor is certain students have access to the episode (most notably available - as of 2019 - on Netflix).
Extra Information/Suggestions: This series of questions opens the opportunity for a discussion of the importance of schools for the Deaf. Within these questions, the topic of world sign languages, their development, the relationship of various world sign languages to one another, home sign languages, and the acquisition of a formal sign language. Also, the questions allow for exploration of d/Deaf adoption (d/Deaf adults adopting and d/Deaf children being adopted). Lastly, the questions provoke the topic of emotion affecting sign language.

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Created: Feb 12, 2019


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