How to sign poem in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Emotional writing

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand against your chest with your palm oriented toward yourself. Then, move your hand away from yourself, while changing your handshape to a "5" handshape. The sign should end with your palm oriented upward.

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of poem

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of poem

End of Sign

Final Frame of poem

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for poem
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for poem
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place the middle finger of your dominant hand over the arm of your non-dominant hand and move your hand forward and backward a couple of times.

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Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of poem

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of poem

End of Sign

Final Frame of poem

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for poem
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for poem
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

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