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Put your hands over your ears so you cannot hear. Close your eyes as tightly as you can. Imagine living in such a dark world with no sound. This was how Helen Keller lived.
Helen was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in the United States. She could see and hear and was very smart.
But when Helen was less than two years old, she had a high fever. She was very sick. When she finally got better, Helen was deaf and blind. She could no longer hear or see.
Helen was very upset because she could not talk with people. Her parents found her a teacher named Annie Sullivan. Annie used sign language to spell words into Helen’s hands. But Helen did not understand.
One day, Annie poured water over Helen’s hands. Then Annie spelled W-A-T-E-R into Helen’s palm. Suddenly it all made sense to Helen. She learned 30 words that day! From that day, for her whole life, she called Annie “Teacher.”
Life with Helen
With Annie’s help, Helen liked to swim and hike. She loved animals, especially dogs. Helen wrote books and went to college. She travelled around the world. In 1968, Helen died.
Helen showed that people who are deaf and blind can do many things.
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1. Why do you think Helen called Annie Sullivan “Teacher”?CorrectIncorrect
2. How old would Helen be if she were alive today?CorrectIncorrect
3. How many words did Helen learn the day Annie taught her how to say water?CorrectIncorrect
4. Helen was sick with a bad cold, which caused her to go deaf and blind. Is this true or false?CorrectIncorrect
5. What is one thing the text says Helen liked to do?CorrectIncorrect