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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Jun 15, 1998  5:50 am
Subject:  Literacy Project Report

June 15, 1998

Dear SW List Members:
This is a report about the SignWriting Literacy Project. We have six groups
involved. The Deaf children will start learning SignWriting in the fall.
The teachers will be learning SignWriting themselves this summer.

The first package I am sending the project participants consists of...

1. Lessons in SW Video Series & booklets
2. Lessons In SW textbook (as a reference for the teachers)

Once everyone receives this box, I will post specific lessons on the web
for the teachers, relating to these materials.

The textbook is like a big reference book that the whole school can refer
to, like a thick encyclopedia if there is a technical question about some
symbol - it is not designed for children but it is more for teachers and

Tomorrow, my Deaf co-workers and I are going to a "TV & Video Production
Studio" to videotape "ASL Literature", including...

1. Goldilocks
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. Cindrella
4. Snow White
5. Sleeping Beauty
6. A Poem called "One Harbor"

Once this footage is shot on videotape, I can then go into the editing room
and create "lessons on video" relating to the written materials we plan to
send the schools later this summer. It is an exciting project and I know
the video backup of the literature will be helpful to the teachers. When
they read a symbol in our books that they do not understand, they can view
the video to see what we were writing!

We are also thinking of using the footage for other educational videos as
well - designed specifically for children.

So this will be fun and we are all eager to get going on this new video!!

Another new development - I will be creating "Coloring Book" versions of
the literature for children, which I think will be a welcome addition to
the materials.

Have a wonderful day!

Valerie Sutton :-)

Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax

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