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Activity Overview

The Miracle Worker is an incredible story about the beginning of the long lasting relationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Although we do not know what happens to them beyond the end of the play, we can only assume that their lives were extremely fascinating moving forward! For this extension activity, students will conduct a research project on either Helen Keller or Annie Sullivan and create a poster that showcases what they have learned. To challenge students even further, teachers may assign research on both women.

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Objective: Research and create a biography poster on either Helen Keller or Annie Sullivan.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct research and learn more about your chosen person.
  2. On the poster, include date and place of birth and death, childhood, education, family life, adult life, major accomplishments, and fun facts.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Biographies

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/A] Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/8] Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/9] Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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