Nicole Koppen
How to Introduce Yourself to a Deaf Person
  1. Introduction
    1. Attention Getter -Sign - Hi my name is Nicole last name Koppen. My sign name is _. It’s nice to meet all of you.
    2. Thesis Statement/Main overall Point – How to sign Hello, my name is _ in American Sign Language
    3. Credibility Statement – I am currently in my second semester of American Sign Language classes.
    4. Relevance Statement (optional)
    5. Review Main Points – how to get a deaf persons attention, maintaining eye contact and using non-manual signals, signing your name and how to receive a sign name.
  2. Body (number of main points is usually determined by length of speech.)
    1. Main Point 1 – First thing you need to know is how to get a deaf persons attention
      1. Flicker lights
      2. wave hands
      3. Stomp feet
    2. Main Point 2 – How important it is to maintain eye contact when speaking with a deaf person and to use non manual signals to convey a message
      1. Maintaining eye contact lets a deaf person know you are paying attention to them. If eye contact is broken then the conversation has broken also.
      2. Non-manual signals convey how deep of a meaning the words signed hold. Eyebrows show is your asking someone something or telling them
    3. Main Point 3 – How to sign my name is _.
      1. How to sign “My name is, what?”
    4. How to fingerspell your names. Use visual aid – sign alphabet (
  3. Conclusion
    1. Review Main Points – Review the steps to introducing yourself to a deaf person: we first politely get the deaf person’s attention and how, eye contact and non-manual signals, actually signing names
    2. Clincher – Now you all know how to sign your names and introduce yourself in American Sign Language.Great now you are all ready to introduce yourselves into the Deaf community. ( still working on this.)

(Andre) I could be wrong, but I think you might have to find a second source as well...... I know that there is (and you probably know as well) some really cool quick youtube videos of people translating fast and famous songs in ASL, they look pretty cool, if you need a 10 to 15 second filler. Your overall structure looks beautiful and precise, I am sure you will do amazing!