Writing Heads Facing the Front Corner...something new ; -)

Natasha Escalada-Westland shash90 at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 19 17:12:15 UTC 2009

Hello all,


Interestingly enough, I have a student practicing the performance of Cherie's story.  She is practicing using both the video and the SW provided on the SW site.  If you would like to preview her rough draft, you can see it at the following link on teachertube.com.  Remember, these are high school students, so be gentle.  Supportive feedback and constructive critique are welcome.  http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=2989552ef7f91e80161e


Other students have been preparing SW documents to help them study and recite a couple of other stories.  They have been working in PowerPoint or Word, mostly because I am not effecient enough in using the on line literature puddle and software to teach them how to do it.  I would like to share the student generated writings, and my own and will try to find time to teach myself the use of the software over the summer. In the meantime, is there a way for me to post these other types of documents on the signwriting site?  I could post them on my own website and provide links to the listserve, if that is easier or quicker.



Natasha Escalada-Westland, M.Ed. (D/HH), Macromedia Cert.


> From: sutton at signwriting.org
> To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
> Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:02:06 -0700
> CC: cwterp at yahoo.com; CWren at doe.k12.ga.us
> Subject: [sw-l] Writing Heads Facing the Front Corner...something new ; -)
> SignWriting List
> March 17, 2009
> Hello Everyone, and Cherie and Adam!
> As you all know, Cherie Wren's Cat in the Hat is a real special 
> document:
> Cat in the Hat in ASL
> http://www.signwriting.org/library/children/CatHat.html
> And this month, on March 27th and 28th, Cherie will be presenting a 
> SignWriting workshop on the Cat in the Hat in American Sign Language, 
> which Cherie translated, signed on video, and wrote from video in 
> SignPuddle on the web... a true classic...
> I hope some of you can attend the workshop in Alabama...the 
> registration form is on the front page of our web site:
> Cat in the Hat workshop
> download flyer
> http://www.SignWriting.org
> Anyway...the Cat in the Hat had influence on the International 
> SignWriting Alphabet (the ISWA 2008), because while I was finalizing 
> the ISWA, Cherie was writing the document in SignPuddle, and I could 
> see that certain symbols were needed to make the writing of 
> storytelling better...so now, before the upcoming workshop, I am going 
> through some of the pages in Cat in the Hat to find some areas where 
> some of the new ISWA symbols might make the document more up to 
> date...Cherie gave me permission to do this and I have been enjoying 
> reviewing the document, but will not make changes without being 
> sure ;-)
> Here attached is one new area that i think has great promise...we have 
> some new symbols in the ISWA for "the head turned to face the front 
> corner"...We never had these before, so this is something new...We can 
> now differentiate between the head facing straight forward, which is 
> the simple Facial or Head Circle....and the body and head facing the 
> front corner. When facing the front corner, the head and shoulders 
> become darker on the side that is closest to the reader (the reader is 
> standing behind the signer)...so when the body faces the corner we can 
> now show that the head is facing the corner too, without using arrows 
> to show the head is turning.
> This is good because the arrows are supposed to show a true neck 
> movement turning the nose, but if the whole body faces the front 
> corner, then the neck is not stretching and turning...it is just 
> facing the front corner in a neutral way...This is kind of hard to 
> explain but I tried in this attached diagram...I have not made these 
> changes in your original document, Cherie, but in a copy instead, and 
> if it is ok with you, I would like to change the heads that "face the 
> front corner" to the new heads with the darker rim, rather than having 
> arrows on top of the heads...we don't have to update the document if 
> you don't want to, but at least I want to inform you...I can make the 
> changes with your permission...
> Thanks for the great document!!
> See attached...
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