English essay

Topics: Disability, Helen Keller, Blindness Pages: 3 (782 words) Published: September 28, 2013
Do you know who is the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Harvard University ?

Today I would like to introduce a book called Helen Keller A Life to all of you. The book was written by Dorothy Herrmann. And it’s subject is biography about the life of Helen Keller.

I will divide my presentation in four parts, they are the introduction, reason why I chose this book to read, the message we can get, and my feeling to this book.

The book contains many chapters about Helen Keller. Now, I’m going to give you a brief summary about her life. Helen Keller was an American writer and speaker.

She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880.
When she was nineteen months old she became sick and lost her eyesight and hearing. When Helen was seven years old, her family decided to find a teacher for her. They wrote to the director of the Institute for the Blind. They asked him to help them find a teacher for their daughter. And the director told them that he knew a young teacher and her name was Anne Sullivan.  Anne Sullivan was the teacher of Helen. She had been blind, but a series of operations helped restored her eyesight. Anne traveled to live with Helen’s family and to teach her. Anne helped Helen to learn how to communicate with other people. She taught her the names of things by writing the words on Helen’s hand. For example, Helen learned her first word from Anne by putting Helen's hand under some water and type the word on her hand, and therefore ‘Water’ is the first word which Helen had learnt.

When she was nineteen years old, Helen studied in Radcliffe College. In 1904, She graduated and becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Harvard University In 1903, Helen wrote a book about her life. It was called The Story of My Life. She wrote twelve other books. Some of them became movies, like The Miracle Worker, made in 1962. Helen Keller tried to help poor people and other blind people...
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