Sherri Winans
Whatcom Community College
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Nicole Beaulaurier
English 225
Think Piece 3
Fall 2012

Not Just Words on a Page: A Think Piece by Screencast

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about storytelling with American Sign Language and then with vocal readings. What makes each so special? Is there a way to combine them to make a great universal way of storytelling between the two? In my jings, I showed a few videos highlighting the good and the bad in both kinds. For the videos I tried to find one video each that really depicted what I thought was beneficial about that style and one each that I thought showed the less beneficial parts of the style of either signing or reading.

I decided the best part of ASL storytelling is the acting and eye catching behavior. Just like some people like movies more than books, this gives the story in a movie fashion with the hands acting out the story. It made it more interesting to follow than static words on a page or a 2D image. The facial expressions showed emotion making it more real and actually happening in front of you which adds an element of realism to the story making it more connectable and interesting.

The best part of reading out loud was the show of emotion in the voice with emphasis on descriptions and tone variance establishing different areas of the stories. The story has a voice itself and the characters have their own personal being as well. With the use of voice, these characters and situations can seem real by the exaggeration and different dimensions used at the right times drawing your attention at every word.

With the two combined, the video of Tony Wilson showed how interesting a story can be when told right and how beneficial it can also be for the audience and ways for them to enjoy the story giving a great storytelling experience and ability. The actions and vocal variance will keep everyone’s attention and really bring the story off the page and into a real thing happening right in front of them. I think they both offer so much and combined can be a great way of making a story more than just words.


Copyright 2012
Nicole Beaulaurier


Funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III Grant PO31A980143
Sherri Winans, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA