The History of Sign Language


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Which of the following are examples of people using hand gestures to communicate before the introduction of a formal sign language?

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1. Which of the following people is regarded as the first instructor of the deaf?

2. Which of the following people published the first manual alphabet system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sign language is one of many types of communication, and the quiz and worksheet work in tandem to assess your understanding of its history. The quiz asks questions about the development of different types of sign language and education for the deaf.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the quiz, you will be tested on your knowledge of the:

  • Individual who published the first manual alphabet system
  • Establishment of the first public school for deaf children
  • Creation of American Sign Language
  • First instructor of the deaf

Skills Practiced

Use the worksheet and quiz to improve your use of these skill sets:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the history of sign language from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of communication to identify who might have used hand gestures to communicate prior to the establishment of sign language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the creation of the world's first formal sign language
  • Knowledge recall - use your expertise to answer questions about people who were crucial to the introduction of education and communication services for the deaf

Additional Learning

To find out more information, review the accompanying lesson called The History of Sign Language. Learning objectives found within this lesson are:

  • Define sign language in the deaf community
  • Understand a genetic condition on Martha's Vineyard that affected the development of sign language
  • Learn about the treatment of deaf people by society before the 1500s
  • Know where students typically came from when a new deaf school was opened and what they brought with them
  • Identify the name of the first public school of the deaf in the United States