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Helen Keller - Class-V English (Lesson V) - Text, Activity and Answers

January 31, 2018
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Helen Keller - Class-V English (Lesson V) - Text, Activity and Answers, opepa books

LESSON 5 - Helen Keller
It was the summer of 1880. A healthy baby girl was born in a small town in Alabama. Her parents loved her dearly and named her Helen Keller. But one day, the baby became ill and day after day, her fever stayed high. Everyone in the family tried to help her to get better, but all they could say was, "There is nothing more we can do. The baby may not live."

Helen lived. But she was not the same after her illness. "Something is very wrong," her mother said. At last they found out what was wrong. The child could not see or hear.

The baby grew into a little girl. Her parents felt sorry for her. Helen often cried and held on to her mother. "Give the poor child what she wants," her father would say.

Though Helen could not hear or see, she was a bright little girl. Some people thought Helen could not learn anything. Her mother did not agree. "Helen is very smart," she said and added, "the problem is, how can we teach her ? She is locked up inside herself."

Helen began to grow wild. She would not let anyone comb her hair. Her dresses were always dirty. She was often angry. Sometimes she even lay on the floor and kicked her feet. Her parents thought that they should find a teacher for her. Miss Sullivan, a young teacher agreed to help Helen learn to see the world. Miss Sullivan gave Helen a doll. "D _O _ L_L" spells doll. She spelt the word with her fingers into Helen's hand. She made the letter with special hand signs.

Helen copied her teacher and spelt D_O_L_L too. But she did not understand what she was doing. Helen liked Miss Sullivan. She was strict but kind. She spelt a lot of words for Helen, on her hand, day and night, to make Helen understand.

One day, her teacher made Helen put her hand into running water. Then, she spelt W_A_T_E_R meant something wet, running over her hand. She understood that words were the most important things in the world. Words would tell her everything she wanted to know.

Helen Keller - Class-V English (Lesson V) - Text, Activity and Answers, opepa books

Answer the following questions.
i) Where was Helen Keller born?
ii) What happened to her one day?
iii) What was wrong with Helen after her illness?
iv) What did Helen's mother say about her daughter?
v) Her parents felt that they should find a ____ for Helen.
   a) teacher   b) doctor   c) care taker
vi) Sullivan was a ______ . (doctor/teacher/dancer)

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