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Day 4: "The Story of My Life" by Helen Keller, Chapter 4

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4
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Today's lesson focuses on the idea that Helen Keller equated light with language and the ability to communicate. Through a close look at the dichotomy in Helen's life, students understand the importance that the ability to communicate played in her life. This lesson’s questions emphasize first, understanding Helen's life before meeting Anne Sullivan and then, exploring Helen's life after. Finally, students are asked to make the connection between the two to understand how important it was for Helen to learn to communicate. Students may work in small groups or pairs as they return to the text to explore these questions, capturing their thinking on the student guided notes sheet. The focus question, "What is the relationship Helen Keller develops between language and light?", should be completed independently. Special Materials: copies of text and student notes for each student
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