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The Miracle Worker by William  Gibson
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Jan 06, 10

bookshelves: upper-elem-middle-school

I would love to read this with my 8th graders but I fear it would be too hard for them. They might, however, be interested enough that they would put in the extra effort necessary to understand the challenging vocabulary. We could learn some sign language, tour the Andrew Heiskell Library, learn Braille, see some videos of Helen, learn about her many humanitarian contributions, find some Akitas to hug, and more!

I'm a little leery of the way African Americans are depicted in the play, and I'm looking around to see if there's a more updated version. They speak in an outlandish dialect and stage directions usually refer to them as "Negro." Plus, the little girl isn't given enough attention in the story, though she was the one who communicated the most with Helen in the pre-Anne Sullivan life. I think that there might be a 1979 screenplay made for t.v., I will try to find it.
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