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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Aug 20, 1998  1:44 pm
Subject:  SignWriting Literacy Project Report

On Wed, 19 Aug 1998, Kimberly Martinez wrote:
>I understand that Sign Writing is being introduced into schools this fall
>in order to bring literacy to Deaf students by first using their language
>(what a concept - ha ha). I would like to know how the Literacy Project
>progresses in the various schools.

>Kimberly A. Martinez

Hello Kimberly and Everyone -
Thanks for the above question. I have been meaning to write to the list
about the SignWriting Literacy Project. Of course it is an ongoing project.
But this fall is pivotal, since it will be the first time the schools will
try our new SignWriting materials.

The schools will receive these materials to start with:

1. Goldilocks, Reading Level 1
Workbook and Coloring Book

2. Goldilocks, Reading Level 2
Basic ASL Reader
Short story with ASL-English dictionary in the back.

3. Sutton's American Sign Language Picture Dictionary
Basic ASL Signs written in SignWriting. The dictionary lists signs by
Sutton's Sign-Symbol-Sequence.

4. Videotape: "SignWriting Children's Stories Series"
Four ASL Stories signed by Darline Clark Gunsauls

Then later, if there are students who are truly interested, we can send
Reading Levels 3 and 4.

The schedule is as follows:

August 18, 1998 - 13 copies of the three books, plus one copy of the video,
were shipped to Diana Smith, a teacher of Deaf students, at Caldwell
Elementary School, Wichita, Kansas.

Caldwell Elementary School
Contact Teacher: Diana Smith

August 24, 1998 - 20 copies of the three books, plus two videos, are
scheduled to be shipped to Texas School for the Deaf, Lower School, in
Austin, Texas. This is a gift for all of the fourth graders and their

Texas School For The Deaf, Lower School
Contact Teachers: Dr. Vicki Everhart & Christina Hamilton

August 28, 1998 - 46 copies of the three books, plus three videos, are
scheduled to be shipped to Robarts School for the Deaf in London, Ontario,

Robarts School
Contact Teacher: Paul Cowley

After these three schools are supplied with books, I will then ship to
three other smaller private groups.

We all look forward to receiving their feedback - In time, each group will
be asked to fill out two new Web Reports. I will post their reports to the
SignWriting List, when they come in.

All the best -

Valerie :-)


Visit the SignWritingSite:

Valerie 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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