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Famous Deaf People in History

Explore the famous deaf people in history. Perhaps brainstorm with the class to see if they know any, or do a true or false quiz. This will help kids identify with deaf people even though they may not know any deaf people in their life.

1 Ask the class if they know any deaf musicians, dancers, actors or people in history.
2 Give a true or false quiz naming different people in history, and asking the students if think the people
were deaf, or not.
3 Talk about the biographies of deaf people such as Helen Keller or Marlee Matlin.
4 Play some clips from video sites that show young deaf people dancing, playing the piano or using sign
language. YouTube will have plenty of material for this purpose.
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