Who Was Helen Keller

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Bibliographic Information: Thompson, Gare. Who Was Helen Keller. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2003. Print.

Brief Annotation: This chapter book is a great non-fiction book that focuses on helping children read at their own level while learning a great amount about one of the most remarkable woman in history.  This books size font, and its word choice is perfect for beginner chapter book readers.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Readers who like books that discuss people and history within the U.S.  Students will also enjoy this book if they are beginning to read independently and are at a higher level of reading than picture books or short stories.

Rating/ Response: 5 – This book is great.  It provides so many valuable facts about Helen Keller and represents reading in a new light.  It is not a magical, fictional book, but a true story of a woman that can inspire children at any age.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think it would be like to not have the ability to talk, see, or hear?  Imagine a young girl attaining an education and learning to read even after being more mute and deaf!

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)

Rationale for Strategy: Students can either read this book independently, or listen to a read aloud from their teacher.  Either way this small chapter book is a great beginning to an endless hobby of reading for students.

Posted by: Alexa Wachter

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