BOOKS ABOUT HELEN KELLER
By: Carmen Willings
Although there are a number of famous people who were blind, Helen Keller is by far one of the more well known. Most people are familiar with her story from early childhood and the illness that left her both deaf and blind, but less are familiar with her later life that included contributions to the field of blindness that continue to impact people with visual impairments today. Her story is one of overcoming overwhelming odds and becoming an inspiring person for many. The following books are about or by Helen Keller.
Keller, Helen. The Story Of My Life: With Her Letters (1887-1901) And A Supplementary Account of Her Education, Including Passages From the Reports And Letters Of Her Teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan. This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. The book has occasional imperfections and missing and blurred pages due to the scanning of the original artifacts that weren't always of best quality.
Keller, Helen. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life. All the familiar stories, and some less known, are included in this autobiography. This memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
Keller, Helen. The World I Live In. In this autobiography, Helen describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the argument that the whole spectrum of the senses lies open to her through the medium of language. This edition includes her early essay "Optimism," as well as her first published work, "My Story," written when she was twelve.
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biography). Holiday House, 1992. Ages 6 and up. The biography of Helen Keller who became both blind and deaf. The story of her childhood, how Annie Sullivan taught her and the impact and achievements she made.
Lundell, Margo. A Girl Named Helen Keller. Cartwheel, 1995. This book describes the early life of Helen.
Rapporport, Doreen. Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller. This picture book biography is an introduction to the story of Helen Keller for young children.
Davidson, Margaret. Helen Keller. This bestselling biography of Helen Keller tells how, with the commitment and lifelong friendship of Anne Sullivan, she learned to talk, read, and eventually graduate from college with honors.
Hurwitz, Johanna. Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4). The story of Helen Keller is brought into a beginner reader level through this book.
Norwich, Grace. I Am: Helen Keller. This biography is part of a series featuring important people from history. This biography tells of Helen's accomplishments and features illustrations, a timeline, maps, sidebars and a top ten list of important things to know about Helen Keller.
Thompson, Gare. Who Was Helen Keller. Grosset & Dunlap, 2003. This book tells the story of Helen Keller. This illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers. It includes line drawings and sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille.
Garrett, Leslie. Helen Keller: A photographic story of a life. This biography of Helen Keller provides full-color photographs of Helen, as well as places, artifacts, definitions of key words and sidebars on related subjects.
Graff, Stewart. Helen Keller (Young Yearling Book). This biography of Helen Keller is written for children ages 8 to 12. Like others, it tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.
Lawlor, Laurie. Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. This biography of Helen Keller is written for children ages 10 and up. Like other biographies, it tells the familiar story of Helen Keller. However, Lawlor also includes lesser known information about Keller's life and views giving the reader more insight into her character.
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TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC: An Activities Based Curriculum for Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Written specifically for fellow itinerant Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI’s), this book consists of over 400 activities and topic areas of discussion for instructing students in the Expanded Core Curriculum. The activities are age-neutral and multi-sensory and therefore can meet the needs of the broad range of students served on an itinerant caseload serving. The activities can be individualized to the students various learning modalities and scaffold in order to challenge students but ensure success. Select those activities that align with the student’s learning objects based on the student’s unique visual needs and academic and developmental level.
The core activities listed in the Activity section can be adapted to each thematic unit. These include:
In addition to the core activity areas, each of the 32 Thematic Units incorporates additional unique ECC concepts and skills providing you with a years’ worth of activities. These units are cyclical and can be used repeatedly to help students build on prior knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of concepts. Each unit includes suggestions for activity adaptation associated with the unit. These include lists of objects, possible community based experiences, environmental print, poems, children & young reader books, children's songs, pop culture songs, movies, and websites.
Unique Concepts within the Units include:
Although the intended audience of this resource is fellow Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, special education teachers may find these activities beneficial to the students in their classrooms as the activities are multisensory and include life skills and concepts needed by all students. This resource, however, is not intended to take the place of a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Readers are advised to consult their own TVI’s regarding instruction in the ECC and the unique visual needs of the student’s served in their programs.
Note: This curriculum is a digital pdf download. Once you make your purchase you will be directed to an order confirmation page where you will find the download link. This download will also be included on the receipt sent to the email address you provide. The pdf download can be found directly under the order number.
Each download is intended for single instructor use per copyright. Thank you for helping me preserve the content and not distributing copies to third parties.
Digital pdf download: 364 pages (11 pt font)
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings
Visual Efficiency & Magnifier Fluency Grab & Go ECC Supplements
This workbook is a pdf download that can be printed on demand for use with students. It contains five different types of worksheets for developing visual motor skills and near magnifier fluency skills particularly with the use of a video magnifier. As a supplement to the TVI’s Guide to the ECC, the worksheets correspond to each of the 32 ECC Thematic units. The worksheets, along with a list of environmental print for each thematic unit, are designed to help students refine their visual motor skills while reinforcing ECC concepts presented in the thematic units.
Visual Efficiency & Near Magnifier Fluency Worksheet Details:
Digital pdf download: 210 pages
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings