This illustrated ASL workbook and coloring book is used by Deaf students and ASL students who are beginners in SignWriting.
The 22-page manual includes lovely line-drawings as illustrations to color, plus writing lessons in SignWriting. Students write rows of each SignWriting symbol for writing practice while coloring the story of Snow White. Individual signs written in SignWriting are introduced as new vocabulary. Spiral bound.
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SignWriting was first invented by Valerie Sutton in Denmark in 1974. It is one of five sections of Sutton Movement Writing, a system for reading and writing body movement. Sutton, born 1951, grew up in professional ballet training in Southern California, and first invented DanceWriting, preserving the historic Bournonville Schools, a ballet system used by the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1974, while she was teaching the Royal Danish Ballet to read and write dance, a researcher at the University of Copenhagen asked her to develop a way to read and write the movements of sign languages. This was the beginning of the SignWriting Script. Valerie Sutton has dedicated her life to developing a useful writing system for all sign languages that can be used on a daily basis by signers of all ages, using any sign language. Sign languages are not international. There are different sign languages in each country, each with its own unique grammar and structure, but the International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA) writes them all, because it writes body movement. The signs may mean different concepts in different sign languages, but the movements (the way the signs look and feel) can be written with the same SignWriting symbols. The SignWriting Script, used by thousands of people worldwide, in over 40 countries, is officially recognized as a World Script by the International Bureau of Standardization (ISO), and in 2015 was incorporated into Unicode, the world standard for encoding writing systems for use in computers and mobile devices.
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