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Helen Keller
Her life and legacy

"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done." -Helen Keller

Hailan El-Naas
Grade 9A April 28, 2013

Table of Contents

1. Outline 1 2. Introduction 2 3. Helen Keller’s Early Life 3 4. Learning to Communicate 4 5. A New Life with Communication 5 6. Keller’s Accomplishments and Achievements 6 7. Helen Keller’s Impact and Legacy 7 8. Helen Keller’s Famous Quotes 8 9. Conclusion 9 10. Bibliography and References 10
Outline

I. Helen Keller’s Early Life
A. Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
B. Her illness at a young age.
C. Overcoming her disabilities.
D. Finding a solution to her problem.

II. Learning to Communicate
A. Anne Sullivan, her teacher.
B. Learning words.
C. Perkins Institution for the blind.
D. Reading and writing in Braille.

III. A New Life with Communication
A. A formal education.
B. Horace Mann School and Cambridge School for Young Ladies. C. New methods of communication.
D. Meeting famous people.

IV. Keller’s Accomplishments and Achievements
A. The Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal.
B. The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
C. Election to the Women’s Hall of Fame.
D. Honorary doctoral degrees from Temple University and Harvard University. E. Writing many autobiographies.

V. Helen Keller’s Impact and Legacy
A. American foundation for the blind.
B. Strong political beliefs.
C. Women's Education and Industrial Union in Boston.
D. Controversial subjects. 

Introduction

Life is but an empty world of darkness, if you are not able to see. It is just a blank, muted world if you are not able to hear. You cannot achieve anything in life, if you cannot communicate with people, see them, or hear them. Well, at least, that’s what everyone thinks. Born into this world without any of these abilities, Helen Adams Keller was thought to be unintelligent, persistent, and with no self-confidence. However, throughout her life, this miracle worker proved to be exactly that and even more. She is known around the world today as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, yet she was much more than a symbol. She was a woman of brilliant intelligence, high ambition and great accomplishment who devoted her life to helping others.

Helen Keller’s Early Life
Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Keller's father had proudly served as an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The family was not particularly wealthy and earned income from their cotton plantation. Keller was born with her senses of sight and hearing, and started speaking when she was just 6 months old. She started walking at the age of 1. In 1882, however, Keller contracted an illness—called "brain fever" by the family doctor—that produced a high body temperature. The true nature of the illness remains a mystery today, though some experts believe it might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. Within a few days after the fever broke, Keller's mother noticed that her daughter didn't show any reaction when the dinner bell was rung, or when a hand was waved in front of her face. Keller had lost...
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