Helen is a delightful, feisty
little girl no different than any other child except she is blind and deaf.
Her early life is one of inner frustration and loneliness, though, because of
her inability to communicate. A "strange lady" arrives when she is
almost seven years old, and within weeks, the embers of language are
rekindled in Helen's mind. "I felt joyous, strong, equal to my
As Helen and Anne Sullivan continue their remarkable life together, Helen
graduates from college, writes twelve books, and travels the world to promote
an understanding of differences. She shows students how she learned to speak
and read in Braille, and a Braille book will be available for them to see and
touch following the performance.
Helen's moving, very compelling story will instill within children a deeper
sensitivity for those with disabilities as they come to understand and accept
the different ways people do the same things.
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*ELA Common Core
*Illinois Social Science Standards
*Career Day - Helen was a writer
CORE TIE-INS ARE LISTED BELOW.
SPECIAL CELEBRATION DATES
– Disability Awareness Month
*October – Bullying Prevention Month
*October 16-20 -
CHARACTER COUNTS! Week
*November - Inspirational Role Models Month
*November 13-17 – American Education Week
*February - Youth Leadership Month
*March - Women's History Month
*March 13-April 15 - Deaf History Month
*April - Anne Sullivan's birthday is April 2
*April - Anniversary of the founding of the School for the Deaf
*April 5 - Anniversary of Helen's miracle
*April 8-14 – School Library Week
*May - Better Hearing and Speech Month
*May 6-11 - Children's Book Week
COMMON CORE TIE-INS
Craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, key ideas and
*Writing: Text types and purposes
*Speaking and listening
*Range of text types
-ILLINOIS SOCIAL SCIENCE STANDARDS:
*Women in history
*Sociology and psychology
*History and how people shape change
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COMMON CORE TIE-INS, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE. WE'D BE HAPPY TO EMAIL YOU ONE.
"The best, most
engaging production I have seen. So authentic. Every child was
"You reached the hearts and minds of our 600 students, making
School, Oak Park
amazing realities of the extraordinary life of Ms. Keller were delivered with
emotion, sensitivity and depth of character. We are most grateful."
--Manor Hill School, Lombard
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"Our K-2 students
were spellbound and motionless. The program surpassed our
expectations in providing our students with an enrichment activity that
appreciation and understanding of diversity."
--Shaker Lane School (Grades K-2), Littleton
"This may have been the best piece of educational entertainment I
have viewed in 21
years. The entire audience was spellbound by this great portrayal of a person
disabilities learning to rise above them."
--Canterbury Street School, Worcester
wonderful! My children were so interested. The library will have a long wait
list for the Helen Keller books!"
--Westwood School, Prior Lake
"The Helen Keller program was excellent which was obvious as 300
graders were riveted."
--Oak-Land Junior High, Lake Elmo