by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life
Chapter XIII passage: Helen Keller, born 1880, was a famous author, lecturer, and activist. She became blind and deaf after an illness when she was a toddler. At that time, young Helen had just begun to learn to talk. The loss of her sight and hearing impacted her ability to speak. In this passage from her 1903 autobiography, Helen describes her efforts to learn to talk. Students will read the passage and respond to questions on figurative language, the details of the story, and the main idea.