Activity Overview

Throughout the play, Annie faces a number of challenges that she must overcome in order to truly get through to Helen. It is important for students to realize the incredible struggles that she endured, and that if she had given up at any time, Helen Keller would not have become the woman that she was: an inspiration to so many. For this activity, students will create a spider map that illustrates the challenges that Annie faced while working with Helen. At the teacher's discretion, students may also have the option to create a storyboard that describes some of the challenges Helen faced.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that identifies challenges that Annie Sullivan faced in The Miracle Worker. Illustrate instances of each challenge and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the challenges you wish to include and write them in the headings.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this challenge using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.


Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Students will create a storyboard that explains and illustrates the challenges that a character faces.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The challenge descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
The challenge descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
The challenge descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
The illustrations represent the challenges using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the challenges, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the challenges.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

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