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2016 Poems

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Poems for 2016: 

IMPORTANT: No change or variation of the text as given will be accepted. Students must recite the selections as they are posted.

ASL Poetry

NOTE: Students are required to sign from memory two poems: the Mandatory Selection as well as one from the other three poems under Second Selection.

Class A:  Students of ASL and CODAs (children of deaf adults) who are not fluent.

Mandatory Selection: At the Park  (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection I:  The Bridge ( by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection II: Flash (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection III: Sit and Smile (by Clayton Valli)

Class B: Native ASL users and CODAs with proficiency equivalent to native users.

Mandatory Selection: Cocoon Child  (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection I: On Valentine’s Day  (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection II: Still Friends (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection III: Hands Folded (by Clayton Valli)

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