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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jul 15, 1998  10:38 am
Subject:  Re: ASL folk tales

>Subject: ASL folk tales
>Valerie.... Hi there Emailing from much closer this time .... Sunny AZ I
>was just sitting here thinking and planning for the kindergarten class I have
>this summer and was wishing I had some place to see ASL folk tales that I
>could use with my students.... SW site might be a great place for that....
>Just an idea I thought I'd pass on..
>Thanks BJ

Hello BJ!
Nice to hear from you again. Your suggestion comes at the perfect time...

As you all know, last week we had a "focus week" on developing our computer

From July 15th (today) to August 15th ...we are having a "focus month" on
completing and printing children's literature written in ASL in SignWriting.

Then, at the end of August, I hope to mail the literature to the schools
participating in the SignWriting Literacy Project. For example, at Robarts
School, 40 children may be reading the literature in the fall. I am very
excited about the prospects of getting feedback from the teachers and

Back on June 16th, I asked our Deaf staff members Darline Clark, Dave
Gunsauls and Kevin Clark to come into a TV studio to sign the stories on
video. We got a good video, and it is exciting to see the stories come
alive through ASL. This is what we videotaped:

Goldilocks & The Three Bears
Snow White
Sleeping Beauty
Humpty Dumpty
and a poem entitled "One Harbor"

Of course all of this literature will be written in SignWriting in book
form, but I am happy to have the supporting video, because I am planning to
create lessons where I show a picture from the video and then show how to
read the sign in SignWriting. Plus the videos will be useful in other ways.
If a teacher doesn't understand a written sign, they can review the video
to find the sign. Plus...much later ...we can create an interactive video
or an interactive cd-rom that shows one sentence signed in the ASL story,
and then shows how it is written in the ASL books.

Of course, we have older versions of some of these stories written and
posted on our web site already, but those are samples for the web. The
stories for the schools will be a little different, because they will
coordinate with the video.

In regards to true ASL folklore, stemming from the Deaf Community...that we
do not have yet...but that day will come! And yes...I hope to place new
literature on our web site in the future.

If you are interested in participating in the SignWriting Literacy Project,
BJ...there might be that possibility. Right now we have funding for the
schools that are already accepted into the project. But, we are in search
of funding to support new schools. So I can place your school on a list for
future participants -

Thanks for writing -


Valerie Sutton :-)

Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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