Ways of taking from books in ASL book sharing
Sign Language Studies , Volume 14 - Issue 3 p. 338- 359
Using a multimodal literacies framework, this article describes the teaching goals and strategies of three instructor participants in an ASL book-sharing program. The concept of multimodal literacies views literacy as a social practice where the written mode is embedded in other modes of representation. An ethnographic approach that included participant observation and interviews was taken in a ten-month study of parents, children, and instructors participating in the program. In the study, the written mode was embedded in ASL story-telling and children's books were themselves multimodal resources that were utilized in distinct ways by the instructor participants.