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Directions: What types of disabilities do you know? What words will occur to you whenever we mention the word “disability”? Write down as many words as possible. Physical Disability blindness, color blindness, deafness, deaf-muteness, dumbness, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, diabetes, brain injury Mental Disability learning disability, phobia, anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder Developmental Disability attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, mental retardation Substance Abuse alcoholism, Nicotine addiction, drug abuse
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Directions: Read the following introduction to sight diseases. Compared with what you have learned about the diseases before, is this introduction more informative? What new knowledge can you get from it?
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Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
What can people with sight problems see? Being blind does not always mean living in total darkness. Fortynine percent of the blind people and eighty percent of the partially sighted people can recognize a friend at one arm’s length. Other people will be affected by eye diseases in different ways: some will have no central vision or no vision to the sides; others may see a patchwork of blank and defined areas; or everything may be seen as a vague blur. Glaucoma (青光眼 can result in tunnel vision, where all side vision 青光眼) 青光眼 is lost and only central vision remains. Diabetic (糖尿病 retinopathy (视网膜眼疾 can cause blurred and 糖尿病) 视网膜眼疾) 糖尿病 视网膜眼疾 patchy vision. Macular degeneration can lead to the loss of central vision whilst side vision remains. It should be remembered that people are affected by eye diseases in different ways. You should not assume that you know what someone can see simply because you know what eye diseases they have.
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  1. Imagine you, who used to have good sight, now were told to have only three days to see. How would you spend the last three days with your sight?
If I had only three days to see, I would…
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne

  2. Exchange your ideas with your classmates to see whose decisions are the most impressive.
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Helen Keller: (1880-19
  68) deaf-blind American author, activist and lecturer
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Helen Keller was born in 1880 in northern Alabama, USA. Nineteen months after she was born, she was extremely ill, and lost both her sight and hearing. When she was seven, her parents hired a tutor named Anne Sullivan. She taught Helen to read and write and how to think. Helen entered Radcliffe College, the women’s branch of Harvard University at the age of
  20. Her first book, The Story of My Life, was translated into many languages. She also did research, gave speeches all around the world, and helped raise money for many organizations for the blind. Helen received dozens of awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that an American civilian can receive. She died in her sleep in 19
  68.
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Time
Events
June 27, 1880 She was born at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama. February, 1882 She lost both her sight and hearing after being struck by illness. March 3, 1887 She met Anne Sullivan, her life-long teacher. June 28, 1904 She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating from Radcliffe College of Harvard University. June,1955 She received an honorary degree from Harvard University, the first woman to be so honored.
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Time
Events
September,1964 She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
June 1, 1968
She passed away in her sleep.
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
She couldn’t see or hear, but she was a college graduate, a productive writer, a world-famous speaker, and eventually she became a heroine and icon. Helen Keller made herself a miracle. a college graduate: She learnt to read French, German, Greek, and Latin. She was the first deaf and blind person to attend college and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe College of Harvard University. a productive writer: She wrote nearly a dozen books and a lot more articles. Her first book, The Story of My Life, was translated into many languages. One of her most famous books The Teacher was later made into a play called The Miracle Worker.
a world-famous speaker:
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
She traveled all over the world, visiting many countries on five different continents, to give speeches and help raise money for many organizations for the blind, such as the American Foundation for the Blind and the American Foundation for the Overseas Blind, which is now called Helen Keller Worldwide. a heroine and icon: She inspired many works of art, including two Oscarwinning movies. TIME features her as one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. She is categorized as a Hero and Icon, who exemplifies “courage, selflessness, superhuman ability and amazing grace”.
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Word Web Read and Think Think and Speak Helen Keller Helen Keller’s Chronology Helen Keller’s Miracle Helen and Anne
Anne Sullivan was born on April 14, 18
  66. She got illness in her eyes at 3, which later caused her to be visually impaired. Anne moved to the Perkins Institution for the Blind at
  14. Six years later, in 1886, she graduated from college. When she was only 20 years old, she became Helen’s teacher. She changed Helen from a bad-tempered kid into a gentle child. Then she taught Helen to read and write, but most importantly, she taught Helen how to think. Anne spent the rest of her life, 49 years, with Helen till she died in 19
  36. She helped Helen fulfill her life and was considered a miracle worker. April 5, 1887 was a day that both Helen and Anne couldn’t forget, when Anne made the “miracle” breakthrough, teaching Helen that everything had a name by spelling W-A-T-E-R into Helen’s hand as water flew over her palm.
Directions: The following sentences are quoted from the text. Rearrange them into logical order.
Sentence Rearrangement Further Understanding Questions and Answers True or False Interview

  1. We should live each day with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come.
  2. Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow.
  3. There are those, of course, who would adopt the motto of “Eat, drink, and be merry”, but most people would be punished by the certainty of death.
  4. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the value of life.
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Directions: Read Paragraphs 1 - 5 and answer the following questions.
Sentence Rearrangement Further Understanding Questions and Answers True or False Interview

  1. Why does Helen Keller think that it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow? Because she believes that such an attitude would emphasize sharply the value of life.
  2. According to Helen Keller, what is the right way to live each day? According to her, we should live each day with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation.
Sentence Rearrangement Further Understanding Questions and Answers True or False Interview

  3. What does Helen Keller mean by saying that most of us take life for granted? Although we all know that we will die sooner or later, we tend to picture that day as far in the future. So, we go about our petty tasks, hardly aware of our listless attitudes towards life. In other words, we take life for granted.
  4. What does Helen Keller think of the attitude that most of us adopt towards our faculties and senses? She thinks that we tend to take our abilities to see and hear for granted and seldom make the fullest use of these blessed faculties. That is why we often fail to make our life fuller and richer.
Sentence Rearrangement Further Understanding Questions and Answers True or False Interview
Directions: Read Paragraphs 6-10 to see whether the following statements are true or false.
  1. People are blessed if they are stricken blind and deaf. ( F ) It would be a blessing if people were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life.
  2. Helen showed disbelief when her friend said she had seen nothing particular during a long walk in the woods. ( F ) She had been accustomed to such responses and believed that the seeing see little.
  3. Helen thought that she “saw” more things than the seeing people just through touch. ( T )
Sentence Rearrangement Further Understanding Questions and Answers True or False Interview

  4. Blind as she was, Helen was more sensitive to the world than us healthy people. (T )

  5. The seeing should make better use of sight to add fullness to life. ( F ) The seeing should use sight not only for convenience but also for adding fullness to life.
Sentence Rearrangement Further Understanding Questions and Answers True or False Interview
Directions: Work in pairs to perform an interview between a correspondent and Helen Keller. The topic you are talking about is the right attitudes we should hold to our faculties and lives. Your conversation can be based on the text and the interview should cover the following points:
  1. How do most of us view life and death?
  2. How do most of us view our faculties?
  3. How should we live each day?
  4. How should we make use of our faculties and senses?
Detailed Reading
We tend to take what we have for granted, and seldom do we think about the value of life. Yet, Helen Keller, being both blind and deaf, taught us how to make the fullest use of our wonderful senses to appreciate life from a wholly different view ? with love and passion.
Three Days to See Helen Keller
Detailed Reading
All of us have read thrilling stories in which the hero had only a limited and specified time to live. Sometimes it was as long as a year; sometimes as short as twenty-four hours. But always we were interested in discovering just how the doomed man chose to spend his last days or his last hours. I speak, of course, of free men who have a choice, not condemned criminals whose sphere of activities is strictly confined. Such stories set us thinking, wondering what we should do under similar circumstances. What events, what experiences, what associations, should we crowd into those last hours as mortal beings? What happiness should we find in reviewing the past, what regrets?
Detailed Reading
Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the value of life. We should live each day with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come. There are those, of course, who would adopt the motto of “Eat, drink, and be merry”, but most people would be punished by the certainty of death. Most of us take life for granted. We know that one day we must die, but usually we picture that day as far in the future. When we are in good health, death is all but unimaginable. We seldom think of it. The days stretch out endlessly. So we go about our petty tasks, hardly aware of our listless attitude towards life.
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