#CelebrateWithDE – Helen Keller’s Birthday

Born on June 27, 1880, Helen Keller is known for her determination and accomplishments. An early illness left her deaf and blind, but she went on to great things, including being the first deaf and blind person to earn a B.A. To celebrate her upcoming birthday, encourage your students to learn about her life and achievements. She is a fantastic role model for meeting life’s challenges with creativity and strength.

Featured Resources

Content Collection: Helen Keller
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Meet Helen Keller and learn what challenges and accomplishments made this woman extraordinary. Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880, Keller was less than two years old when she contracted an illness that left her blind and deaf. Note: This content collection includes resources about advances in learning about blindness and deafness.
Animated Hero Classics: Helen Keller
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

In this program, learn about Helen Keller. With the help of a patient teacher, she is successful in overcoming the obstacles of deafness and blindness and learns to communicate.
Overcoming Obstacles: The Story of Helen Keller
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students explore the theme of overcoming obstacles by examining the life and achievements of Helen Keller. The lesson includes the close reading of a play, analysis of an excerpt from Keller’s autobiography, and personal narratives written by the students.
Helen Keller: Excerpt from The Story of My Life
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, Reading Passage

An excerpt from Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, about her learning to read Braille.

SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Circle of Viewpoints
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy provides a structure that allows students to consider a topic, text, or event from multiple viewpoints. Students practice identifying a character or object within a piece of multimedia and imagining what its thoughts or opinions might be. Use this strategy with the play by Kidsinco, Helen Keller, to help students empathize with the challenges faced by Helen, Anne, and both of Helen’s parents.


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