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The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

This book, The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller, is an autobiographical/biographical memoir.

Everything About The Story of My Life

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. And don’t forget the links to more encyclopedic information for historical content in the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller illustration, signed photograph at 19 years old.

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

All were taken from the Internet Archive version of The Story of My Life, found here.

Title Page and Table of Contents for this edition of The Story of My Life was presumably made by the publisherNew York: Grosset and Dunlap.

The eight black and white illustrations have their respective photographers listed on them.

I’d like to thank the University of California Libraries and the California Digital Library for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see all of the pictures for this book, go here.

Subjects Covered in The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

There are three subjects covered by The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller.

These subjects are Literature, Modern History, and Social Studies.

The approximate historical date is between the years 1880 to 1901.

Reading Level of The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller, is appropriate for Children and Middle-Grade readers.

This means that it can be read from approximately 4th grade into adulthood; or at around 9 years of age.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller, is book number 94 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the Elementary School Level.

It is the 17th book to be read during Year 4 of school.

Book Content

The book follows Helen Keller, a deaf and blind girl, as she learns to make sense of the world.

Helen, with the help of her teacher, learns language and begins to communicate effectively with others.

Then, her true intelligence emerges; showing the world that even those with handicaps can make a difference.

Readers will also learn about Braille, a form of the written word for the blind and deaf; as well as social changes for the handicapped.

Chapters – The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

The Story of My Life contains 3 parts. Within these parts are a total of 30 sections or chapters.  The titles, taken from the Gutenberg and Internet Archive books (below), are as follows:

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, table of contents.

Part I. THE STORY OF MY LIFE

CHAPTERS I – XXIII

Part II. LETTERS (1887-1901)

INTRODUCTION

LETTERS

Part III: A SUPPLEMENTARY ACCOUNT OF HELEN KELLER’S LIFE AND EDUCATION

I. The Writing of the Book

II. PERSONALITY

III. EDUCATION

IV. SPEECH

V. LITERARY STYLE

Activities for The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

We found lots of worksheets, quizzes, activities, and documentaries to accompany this book.

Some are directly related to the book, while others are about Helen Keller in general.

Below, we share our favorites. Here is what we found.

Worksheets and Quizzes for The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

EdCite has an online quiz for this book, here.

Quizizz is another quiz source, here

You can find a few quizzes from GradeSaver, hereHint, look in the menu on the left.

A general Helen Keller quiz can be found at SoftSchools, here.

Here’s another great source from kidskonnect:

Helen Keller Facts & Worksheets: https://kidskonnect.com – KidsKonnect, March 13, 2019

YouTube Videos and Movies

Watch this HELEN KELLER 1919 Silent Film. “Deliverance” Clips (Rare)  on YouTube by Helen Keller Channel.

In fact, go explore the whole channel; it’s very neat!

You can watch the movie HELEN KELLER THE STORY OF MY LIFE (The Miracle Worker) posted by jancy j.

Also watch this sweet theatrical production, Shadow and Sound: The Journey of Helen Keller posted by NewYorkEncounter.

And, of course, there’s always Homeschool Pop to help with cool videos. Watch Facts about Helen Keller for Kids | Classroom Learning Video.

Braille Resources

If you want to go a step further, here are some really neat resources to learn Braille.

Watch ⠃⠗⠇ – Learn Braille In One Lesson posted by In One Lesson, below.

And Teaching Braille Reading & Writing posted by Perkins School for the Blind, below.

Here’s an awesome resource; “braille lessons for families and others interested in learning basic literary braille.” Check out the Braille Lessons Listing, to learn how to read Braille from Paths to Literacy.

A MiniMize Worksheet

The MiniMize Life is also creating a fill in the blank worksheet for The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller.

This worksheet will contain 6 pages with 39 days of activities and a total of 39 questions in all.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter or section.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Because large portions of the book are in the form of letters, instead of chapters, the daily reading is partially guided by the names and dates on the letters.

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Part I The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller, state the following.

Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Part II The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller, state the following.

This part of the book does not have chapters. Each day read the section described, and then find the sentence, and write the missing words in the blanks.

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Part III The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller, state the following.

Each day read the section described, and then find the sentence, and write the missing words in the blanks.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

If you just can’t wait to read The Story of My Life, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller. While free does not always mean better, we wanted to make sure that you are able to homeschool regardless of your financial situation.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.

Gutenberg

You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller illustration, "Helen Keller at the age of seven."

This version of The Story of My Life works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org, can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This is on purpose and allows anyone to read the book no matter which operating system they are using.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

Keep an eye out for missing pages, however. I tried to avoid this issue, but sometimes it’s unavoidable with these old books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy The Story of My Life at Internet Archive, here.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

Check out the following sources.

LibriVox

If you prefer to listen to books, LibriVox offers a FREE version of The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller.

Find it, here

Be aware, however, that LibriVox relies on volunteers to record their audiobooks.

The recordings are not usually narrated by professionals, and many books have more than one narrator.

They are real voices, though; so that’s a plus!

YouTube

Go to YouTube to find another great FREE resource for The Story of my life.

This is not an actual “video,” and only shows a still depiction of the book.

It is, however, a useful way to hear the audio of the LibriVox recording, above posted by LibriVox Audiobooks.

You can find it, below.

Audible, by Amazon

For those who like the Amazon Audible books, you can also get The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller.

While Audible books are not usually free, they are affordable and are typically of better quality.

Get it on Audible, here.

Bound Books

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller,  already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.

Kindle Book

Kindle is always better. At least that’s our opinion.

We like to point, click, buy, and read. That saves us lots of time to lounge around and be lazy.

If you’re like us, go here to buy the book for Kindle.

The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller 

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Come back soon and tell us how we’re doing!

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