Helen Keller

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Helen Keller
Her life and legacy

"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."
-Helen Keller

Hailan El-Naas Grade 9A April 28, 2013

Table of Contents

1. Outline 1 2. Introduction 2 3. Helen Keller’s Early Life 3 4. Learning to Communicate 4 5. A New Life with
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As a child, Helen was often became frustrated that no one understood what she wanted. As a result, she would become extremely violent. Her parents did not know how to control her and they let her get away with anything.
Fortunately, they learned about Annie Sullivan, a teacher of the blind, who came to teach and live with seven-year-old Helen.

Learning to Communicate

Anne Sullivan began by teaching Helen finger spelling, starting with the word "doll," to help Keller understand the gift of a doll she had brought along. Other words would follow. At first, Keller was curious, then defiant, refusing to cooperate with Sullivan's instruction. When Keller did cooperate, Sullivan could tell that she wasn't making the connection between the objects and the letters spelled out in her hand. Sullivan kept working at it, forcing Helen to go through the regimen. As Keller's frustration grew, the tantrums increased. Finally, Sullivan demanded that she and Keller be isolated from the rest of the family for a time, so that Keller could concentrate only on Sullivan's instruction. They moved to a cottage on the plantation.
In a dramatic struggle, Sullivan taught Keller the word "water"; she helped her make the connection between the object and the letters by taking Keller out to the water pump, and placing Keller's hand under the spout. While Sullivan moved the lever to flush cool water over Keller's hand, she spelled out the word w-a-t-e-r on

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