Lesson Tutor: Teaching and Learning ASL Direction Signs

American Sign Language and Signed English
Series 1 Lesson 10 Supplement: Signs for Giving Directions
By Elaine Ernst Schneider


“n” hand up
“w” hand to the left
“e” hand to the right
“s” hand down


“L” hand to the left
“r” hand to the right


Get out a map. Try using the signs you have learned to give directions. Sign things like “Go right to the bank” or “Drive west to the mountains.” Try signing with a friend – no voice – all signs. Can your friend move his or her finger on the map to indicate what you are signing?

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Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children’s work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for both Pearson/Merrell-Prentice Hall and Group Publishing and is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson plan website found at https://www.lessontutor.com. Her most recent books, 52 Children’s Moments (Synergy Publications) and Taking Hearing Impairment to School (JayJo Books and the Guidance Channel) can be found at Amazon.com.

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