Answer Key: The Deaf Culture

Lesson Plan: How The Deaf Culture Name Signs

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. unique  |yo͞oˈnēk| adjective being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else: the situation was unique in modern politics | original and unique designs.
  2. underscore verb |ˈəndərˌskôrˌəndərˈskôr| [with object] underline (something). • emphasize: the company underscored the progress made with fuel cells.
  3. diversity  dəˈvərsədēdīˈvərsədē| noun (plural diversities) • [usually in singular] a range of different things: newspapers were obliged to allow a diversity of views to be printed.
  4.  collaborate  |kəˈlabəˌrāt| verb [no object] work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something: he collaborated with a distinguished painter on the designs.
  5. pitch |piCH|  [no object] make a bid to obtain a contract or other business: they were pitching for an account.
  6. project  noun |ˈpräjˌekt| 1 an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim: a research project | a nationwide project to encourage business development.
  7. subtitles  |ˈsəbˌtīdl| noun 1 (subtitles) captions displayed at the bottom of a movie or television screen that translate or transcribe the dialogue or narrative.
  8. accurate  ˈakyərət| adjective 1 (of information, measurements, statistics, etc.) correct in all details; exact: accurate information about the illness is essential | an accurate assessment.
  9. prominent  |ˈprämənənt| adjective 1 important; • situated so as to catch the attention; noticeable: the new housing developments are prominent landmarks.
  10. reinforce |ˌrēinˈfôrs| verb [with object] • strengthen (an existing feeling, idea, or habit): various actions of the leaders so reinforced fears and suspicions that war became unavoidable.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1 – an

The signs consist of gestures that reflect an individual’s personality.

II – 2 – a 

There was a much bigger story to be told.

III – 3 – a

Name signs cannot be assigned by a hearing person.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

One of our priorities was to show our readers the diversity of experiences and backgrounds that exist in the deaf world, Ilaria Parogni, a senior editor who wrote the article, said. Delving into name signs allowed us to tap into that.

Name signs are an important component of capital D Deaf  culture, a term used by some deaf people to indicate that they embrace deafness as a cultural identity.