2.1 Biceps & Triceps

Talking about the Biceps and Triceps

This is an opportunity for you to practice talking in ASL about how the biceps and the triceps work.

Steps to the Process

  1. View the diagrams and read the information in English
  2. Video yourself explaining the information in ASL
  3. View ASL resources about information
  4. Re-do your explanation in ASL incorporating new ideas.

1: English Information and Diagrams about How the Biceps and the Triceps Work

Function of the Muscles

The biceps and triceps have two completely different functions. The biceps are known as elbow flexors. Flexion occurs when you decrease the angle between two bones. When you flex your elbows, your forearm moves closer to your humerus, causing your biceps to get activated. The triceps are known as elbow extensors. Extension takes place when the angle between two bones increases. During elbow extension, you move your forearm away from your humerus, causing your triceps to activate.

From LiveStrong.com.



Biceps connection

The biceps muscle helps you bend and rotate your arm. It attaches at the elbow to the radius bone on a small bump called the radial tuberosity.
Modified from When Your Body Aches. © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2003

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2: Create your own explanation in ASL

Use the above information (or more sites from the links on the web) to create an explanation of how the biceps and triceps work.

You can either create your video as if you are talking to an imagined target audience, or you can create an English explanation and create an interpretation of that.

Post in Discussion ForumPost your reflection in the Discussion Forum on Biceps/Triceps under the questions under Working with Object: First Attempt

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3: View ASL resources related to the topic

Sample from Nigel

Sample from Amy

Example of Working the Body Language Process

Ginger is an newer interpeter who assisted in trying out this process for a presentation being done on Body Language - to give a sample of someone trying out the process.  She graciously agreed to share her work.  We offer it here as an example of how this process might work - both in terms of her sample and her reflection on what she learned and how she learned it.

Reflection by Ginger

Ginger shared her thoughts on her work in ASL. If it is easier for you, you can share your thoughts in written English.

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4: Re-do your video of your ASL explanation

After having viewed the ASL videos, re-do your own explanation in ASL. Try to incorporate some of the new ideas that you saw.

Post in Discussion ForumPost your reflection in the Discussion Forum on Biceps/Triceps under the questions under Working with Self:  Second Attempt

Use these reflections to help focus your viewing of the resources in the next section.

Last modified: Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 8:14 PM