Helen Keller
Lesson Plans
Who is Helen Keller?

Overview:
Includes Louisiana Grade Level Expectations for Unit

In this cross curriculum unit, a writing assignment will be integrated with a Social Studies
theme. (Usually done during the first six weeks of school.) In the Harcourt Brace Social Studies
Series, (on page 16), there is a short biography of
Helen Keller. From there, students and the
teacher may begin the process of researching information on Helen Keller.

Students are encouraged bring and share researched information with the others. The teacher
will then share a short paragraph with the students that state important facts about her life.
The
Disney Version of the "The Miracle Worker"
will be viewed as discussed over the course of
three days, to help the students realise the difficulties of her struggles in life. While students
are viewing this movie, the computer stations will be set up in 10 minute intervals. Students
will look at Helen Keller
photo gallery sites.



Open Activity:
  • Show an excerpt of the Helen Keller movie, showing her stumbling around and
    searching for things with her hands. Ask the students why was she doing this?

  • Read a story about Helen Keller

  • Read and discuss the story "I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf" with them.

  • Show a sign language poster to explain their way of communication.

  • Talk about disabilities, have a guest speaker talk to the children who suffer from
    hearing or sight disabilities.

Component: Whole Class around the teacher

Time: 45 minutes

Participants: Whole Class/Groups

Procedure: In the Harcourt Brace Social Studies Series, on page 16, there is a short biography
of Helen Keller. From there, students and the teachers may begin researching information on
Helen Keller. Students are encouraged to share researched information with the others.

The teacher will then share a short paragraph with the students that state important facts about
her life. The teacher will then model for the students how to locate and document key facts in
writing a biographical sketch of someone. (Example: birth, death, life lessons, etc.)

The Disney Version of the "The Miracle Worker" will be viewed as discussed over the course of
three or four days, to help the students realise the difficulties of her struggles in life.

Internet research looking at pictures of Helen Keller during her life.

Sign Language Name Activity (optional) In Microsoft Word, the student may go to new
document, then in the top bar at the top, go to insert, then "picture". Slide over to "clip art"
section. In the search box, type in "SIGN LANGUAGE." Scroll down until you can find sign
language letters. Have each student go and insert the letters to their names. To help move
letters around, click on the picture icon (looks like a dog). Then click on the sign language
letter, and go to "THROUGH". This is enable you to move the letters around. Have the students
spell their names with these symbols.


Expectation: Students will expected to look over information and locate the birth and date of a
person. Students will be expected to learn more about disabilities and how they can overcome
obstacles despite them.


Questions:

  • What does blind, deaf and mute mean?
  • How could it affect your life?
  • Do you know someone who has a disability?
  • How are they different? (How are they the same?)
  • What is braille and sight dogs? How do they help blind people?
  • What is sign language? How do they help deaf people?

Evaluation: Teacher observation during class discussion.

Close Act: Watching a portion of the "Disney Version of A Miracle Worker"

Hints/Tips: Have a discussion about the movie. Also how the reality in movies may not be
exact. List the things that happened in the movie and see if they can found out if that was
actually true. (
Example: Was Anne Sullivan a real person in Helen Keller's life? If it is yes, have
them share where they located that information.)

Web Addresses
Helen Keller Photographs  
Can Do Helen Keller  
Favourite North Stars  
From Triumph to Tragedy  
Finger Spelling

Handouts, Activity Sheets,SIGNLNAME.doc An example of Sign Language Activity done in
Microsoft Word. The student will go to a new document and then the clip art section and find
the sign language symbols. Then they will insert and create their own name.
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LESSON PLAN PDF
Looking for Helen
Keller Information
This lesson will help students learn how to gather facts about Helen
Keller in books and on the internet. The teacher will share a summary
of Helen Keller and model how to look for the birth date, death date,
and key factors in that person's life. Giving a hand out with
information on Helen Keller, the students will then highlight five facts
about her on that paper.
Helen Keller
(Rough Draft)
Through the data gathered in the prior lesson, the students will take
the information that they have gathered and fill in a web on Helen
Keller's life. (HelenKellerWEB.doc). From the facts gathered, the
students will begin writing a rough draft.
Writing About
Helen Keller
Students will continue working on their Helen Keller research papers.
Once the rough draft is corrected and rewritten, the students will type
it on the computers. When they have finished typing that, using a
highlighter, they will take their printed version and highlight all errors
to correct at a later date. When time is available, students will correct
all errors, choose an appropriate Helen Keller icon and print their final
draft to be turned in. (RUBRIC INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON
HKRUBRIC.doc)
Louisiana Grade
Level
Expectations
Targeting GLE'S for Helen Keller Unit
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