Literature: "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson
These sites are about the book, “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson. There are lesson plan ideas, activities, and supplemental materials that can be used to teach the play “The Miracle Worker”. There are cooperative learning activities, vocabulary worksheets, an interview with Mr. Gibson, and more. Included are eThemes Resources on Helen Keller and disability awareness.
Class Zone: William Gibson
Here is a short biography of the playwright.
40th Anniverary of The Miracle Worker
This article was written on the 40th anniversary of the original Broadway run of "The Miracle Worker." Three of the actors talk about their experience with the play.
NPR: William Gibson Interview
Listen to an interview with author William Gibson in which he talks about finding Annie Sullivan's autobiography in the library and how it inspired him to write the play.
Here is a multi-part biography of Anne Sullivan, the titular miracle worker.
Captain Keller's Business Letter
Students can write their version of the letter Captain Keller would have sent to the Perkins Institute asking to help him find a teacher for his daughter, Helen. This activity is a one-page PDF file.
McGraw Hill: Cross-Curriculum Lesson Plans
Here is a lesson plan that can be used in conjunction with the play or learning about Helen Keller.
Teach Someone Something
Here is a cooperative learning activity that can be used in conjunction with "The Miracle Worker."
In this activity, students can work in partner groups to increase their understanding of Helen Keller's condition. This is a one-page PDF file.
Trust Walk Worksheet
This is a worksheet that students can use after completing the trust walk activity.
Using Your Other Senses
Here are two cooperative learning activities that can be used in conjunction with teaching "The Miracle Worker." Sighted students can learn about the experience of being blind.
eThemes Resource: Famous People: Helen Keller
Read about Helen Keller, a deafblind woman who fought for the rights of people with vision and hearing problems. Learn how she communicated with others and used this talent to share her ideas and beliefs. Includes letters, memorabilia, and several photographs, plus suggested classroom activities. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on disability awareness.
eThemes Resource: Disability Awareness
These sites are about different types of disabilities and answer common questions children have. Learn how visual and hearing impaired people use Braille and American Sign Language. Also covers how the law protects people with disabilities.