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Activities for the Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.

The Touch of Magic: The Story of Helen Keller's Great Teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy

By Lorena A. Hickok

1961. New York: Dodd, Mead

Available in braille from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users; also available from Web-braille as a contracted braille digital file. Users must register with their cooperating library.

Related Web Sites

• American Foundation for the Blind's Online Museum - Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker
• Women in History: Annie Sullivan
• Women in American History, by Encyclopaedia Britannica: Macy, Anne Sullivan
• Mentoring - Get Better Grades by Teaching Others


1. Spell With Your Fingers
Learn how to use the manual alphabet to spell words into the hand of another person.

2. Explore the AFB Online Museum
Explore AFB's new online museum, Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker. Learn more about the influence Anne Sullivan Macy had on Helen's life.

3. Read Other Books
Read other books about Anne Sullivan Macy, including Helen and Teacher, by Joseph P. Lash or search for other biographical information about her on various web sites or encyclopedias.

4. Watch a Movie
View the video The Miracle Worker, which was based on the work Annie did with Helen Keller.

5. E-mail Teachers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
You can e-mail teachers who are blind or visually impaired! Some of them teach students who also have vision loss, and others teach classrooms full of sighted students. Ask them about their work and how they do it successfully. (To connect with CareerConnect mentors be sure to first register for free as a user!) Tips on Contacting Mentors have also been provided for students here.

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