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Famous People: Helen Keller

Read about Helen Keller, a deaf and blind 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 and another on “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson.


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This site provides historical information about the life of Helen Keller. Additional stories are provided along with primary sources.
This lesson provides background information about Helen Keller along with activities related to sign language. Additional websites and resources related to Helen Keller and disabilities are given.
This site provides an in-depth biography of Helen Keller. The topics include her childhood, education, touring, and writing.
Learn about Helen Keller in this brief biography that covers the main events and people in her life. At the bottom of the page, there are links to finger spelling, classroom activities, and discussion questions.
This site has collections of photographs of Helen Keller with her friends. The site also includes her memorabilia and writing.
Take a virtual trip to the birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The links on the left have a biography of Keller and photographs of some of her personal belongings.
Read about Helen Keller's accomplishments that led to her induction into the Hall of Fame for Women.
Click on "Keyword," then type in "Helen Keller" and click on "Search." This will bring up links to letters between Bell and Keller.
Use this activity with students to promote understanding of communicating using Braille.
This ThinkQuest site has a section about the life and accomplishments of Helen Keller.
This site has a photograph of Keller and Mark Twain together. There is also part of a letter from Twain to Keller that can be read.
This online archive includes Keller's writings that discuss her political beliefs.
This biography is about the life and work of Helen Keller.
This site for younger students helps them learn about Helen Keller during different periods of her life. Includes several photographs of Helen. Links at the bottom include fun facts, quotes, and a recommended reading list.
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan used the manual alphabet to communicate. This page includes a diagram that illustrates how this alphabet works. NOTE: Teachers should restrict students to this page because the home page leads to many message boards.
Learn more about Anne Sullivan, the teacher that is famous for helping Helen Keller.
Watch this biographical overview about Helen Keller, which includes video of her talking. NOTE: This site includes Google video ads.
Read inspirational quotations said or written by Helen Keller.
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.
Here are lesson plan ideas, activities, and supplemental materials that can be used to teach the play "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson. There are cooperative learning activities, vocabulary worksheets, an interview with Mr. Gibson, and more. Included are eThemes Resources on Helen Keller and disability awareness.

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