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Helen Keller
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     challenging words:    idiot, teaching, freak, writing, spelled, public, specialist, classic, hearing, traveled, determination, pump, duty, language, neither, remain
     content words:    Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, In March, Anne Sullivan, Once Helen, Graham Bell, President Grover Cleveland, White House, Radcliffe College, My Life


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Helen Keller
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be deaf or blind or even both? Close your eyes tight and put your fingers in your ears. Everything is dark, and you can't hear. Can you imagine spending your whole life like that? Helen Keller did, but she learned how to cope with it.
 
2     Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was less than two years old, she got sick with something the doctors then called brain fever. It is now thought that she most likely had scarlet fever or meningitis. No one expected her to live, but she did. However, the illness had taken both her sight and her hearing.
 
3     Her family did not know what to do with her. They did not know how to teach someone who could neither hear nor see. Other people said to send her away, but her mother and father wanted to try to help her. They took her all the way to Baltimore, Maryland, to be examined by a specialist, but he could not help. He sent the Kellers to see a man who was doing good work with the deaf. His name was Alexander Graham Bell. He told the Kellers how to find a teacher for Helen.

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