Who was Laurent Clerc?


Laurent Clerc was born in a small village in France near Lyons on December 26, 1785. He was born into a known family where his dad was a civil attorney and a part time mayor. His mother was also a well known notary within the town. The most important fact to know about Clerc was that he is known as " The Apostle of deaf in America." He was not born deaf, but became profoundly deaf at age 1 by falling into a fire and burning the side of his face. In this lesson we will discover what impacts Clerc made on deaf history and discover why he is well-known and one of the most important person in Americas deaf history. 

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Quick write: What are a few facts you found from this video who Clerc was? 


Why was Laurent Clerc important? 

What was Clerc's sign name? 

What was something you found interesting about this video? 



*At the end of this, each student will write 1-2 paragraph(s) of Laurent Clerc's impact on deaf history was and something that was found interesting about him. 

A few students will share what they have learned 




  1. First, you will find a group of 3-4 people to discuss what you think you know, what you want to know, and what you have learned. 
  2. Secondly, you will write down any facts you find interesting or may have missed from the video from your peers. 
  3. Then, you will write 1-2 paragraph(s) of what you have learned then pass it to another person. 
  4. Lastly, we will share what we have found to the class. 




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You can use this chart as a group for step 1. 


This is a pass or fail assignment, and will be given points on participation. I want to know how you personally feel and think about Clerc, this is an opinion paper. 


Overall, Clerc was an important person in deaf history since he set up one of the first College universities for the deaf in Hartford Connecticut in 1817. He became an instructor to pupils at the school and also taught hearing people who wanted to study deaf education. He also was a founder of more deaf schools in the next decade. He is a true inspiration for many deaf people and will be remembered by Gallaudet University and the deaf community for decades more.