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K12ELA007: English Language Arts 7

Unit 4: Nonfiction Novel Unit: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller   In this unit, you will read an autobiographical account of Helen Keller’s life, becoming familiar with the narrative style of writing. You will identify vocabulary and answer comprehension questions for each chapter, focusing on how the author changes and evolves over the course of the novel. You will also become familiar with literary criticism and how history influences style and attitudes.

Unit 4 Time Advisory
Completing this unit should take approximately 35 hours and 45 minutes.

☐    Subunit 4.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 4.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 4.3: 29 hours and 45 minutes

☐    Subunit 4.3.1.1: 2 hours and 15 minutes

☐    Subunit 4.3.1.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 4.3.1.3: 1 hour and 30 minutes

☐    Subunit 4.3.2.1: 2 hours and 15 minutes

☐    Subunit 4.3.2.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 4.3.2.3: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 4.3.3.1: 2 hours and 15 minutes

☐    Subunit 4.3.3.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 4.3.3.3: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 4.3.4.1: 2 hours and 15 minutes

☐    Subunit 4.3.4.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 4.3.4.3: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 4.3.5: 4 hours and 15 minutes

☐    Unit Assessment: 3 hours

Unit4 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: - Describe how geography and history influence literature. - Identify unfamiliar vocabulary by employing several strategies. - Analyze characters in a novel, charting their development over time. - Identify themes and parts of a story in a complete work of literature. - Define literary criticism. - Explain how narrative structure is different from other nonfiction works.

 
Standards Addressed (Common Core): - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.2 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.5 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.6 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.3 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.5 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5 - CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6

4.1 Introduction to the Author: Helen Keller   In order to get a real feel for the time period and setting in Helen Keller’s autobiography, it helps to review the author’s background. Learning about Helen Keller will help you understand her various influences and interests. 

4.2 Introduction to Literary Criticism and Historical Context   When reading serious literature, you can understand it better by thinking critically about it. Knowing more about the history, author, and social background of a book helps you analyze the author’s real intentions. “Literary criticism” is useful for analyzing literature, and multiple approaches for doing this exist. In this subunit, you will learn about literary criticism and its many schools of thought.

4.3 Chapter Guide   When she was 22 years old, Helen Keller started writing her autobiography, The Story of My Life. While that fact in itself is not exactly interesting, what is remarkable is that Keller became blind and deaf at only 19 months of age, due to a serious illness. Despite these major setbacks, she went on to become one of the most inspirational women in history, owing much of her success to the support from her teacher Anne Sullivan. In this subunit, you will read and analyze Keller’s novel, while completing vocabulary, questions, and other activities for each section of chapters. 

4.3.1 Chapters 1 - 5   The book has been broken up into chapter clusters. For Chapters 1 - 5, you will complete vocabulary exercises, read the chapters carefully, answer guiding questions, and complete other activities to increase your comprehension.

4.3.1.1 Vocabulary   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 1 - 5” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 1 - 5” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Using this guide, you will complete vocabulary for Chapters 1–5, prior to reading the chapters in the next subunit. Keep your vocabulary definitions handy, and use them as a reference while you are reading.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

4.3.1.2 Reading with Guiding Questions   - Reading: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s *The Story of My Life* Link: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life (HTML)
 
Instructions: Now that you have completed the vocabulary, you will read Chapters 1 - 5. After you carefully read each chapter, use the previous resource to answer the questions for that chapter using complete sentences. Make sure to use details from the text to support your answers.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 2 hours.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.1.3 Literary Device: Style   - Reading: Jenny Gilbert’s MsGsResources: “Formal Text Response” Link: Jenny Gilbert’s MsGsResources: “Formal Text Response” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this page about how to analyze texts. Answer this web page’s “Ten Text Questions” for the first five chapters of The Story of My Life, and closely read the paragraph titled “Style.” Write a paragraph that explains Helen Keller’s writing style and what is unique about her style compared with other works that you have read so far.
 
Reading this material and completing these activities should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.2 Chapters 6 - 10   For Chapters 6 - 10, you will complete vocabulary exercises, read the chapters while answering guiding questions, and learn about the themes of the book. 

4.3.2.1 Vocabulary   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 6 - 10” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 6 - 10” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Using this guide, you will complete vocabulary for Chapters 6 - 10, prior to reading the chapters in the next subunit. Keep your vocabulary definitions handy, and use them as a reference while you are reading.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

4.3.2.2 Reading with Guiding Questions   - Reading: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s *The Story of My Life* Link: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life (HTML)
 
Instructions: Now that you have completed the vocabulary, you will read Chapters 6 - 10. After you carefully read each chapter, use the previous resource to answer the questions for that chapter using complete sentences. Make sure to use details from the text to support your answers.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 2 hours.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.2.3 Literary Device: Themes   - Activity: Freeology: “Themes” Link: Freeology: “Themes” (PDF)
 
Instructions: In Unit 1, you learned about theme when investigating “Parts of a Story.” Theme was identified as the following:

 A broad idea, message, or lesson  
 Often timeless and universal messages  
 The moral of the story  
    
 Identify 2 themes for the first 10 chapters of Keller’s
autobiography. Open the “Themes” organizer linked above and complete
it, using direct quotes from the text to support your choice of
themes.  
    
 Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour.  
    
 Standards Addressed (*Common Core*):  

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.3 Chapters 11 - 15   For Chapters 11 - 15, you will complete vocabulary exercises, read the chapters while answering guiding questions, and analyze the historical context of the book. 

4.3.3.1 Vocabulary   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 11 - 15” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 11 - 15” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Using this guide, complete the vocabulary for Chapters 11 - 15 prior to reading the chapters in the next subunit. Keep your vocabulary definitions handy, and use them as a reference while you are reading.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

4.3.3.2 Reading with Guiding Questions   - Reading: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s *The Story of My Life* Link: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life (HTML)
 
Instructions: Now that you have completed the vocabulary, you will read Chapters 11 - 15. After you carefully read each chapter, use the previous resource to answer the questions for that chapter using complete sentences. Make sure to use details from the text to support your answers.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 2 hours.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.3.3 Literary Device: Historical Context   - Reading: TOKPA: “Helen Keller” Link: TOKPA: “Helen Keller” (HTML)
 
Instructions: To get a better idea of just how impressive Helen Keller really was, it is important to understand what the United States was like during her lifetime (1880 - 1968). At that time, individuals with disabilities were often sent to institutions and denied the comforts of family, friends, and often an education. In addition, women were still considered “second-class citizens,” so Keller’s outspokenness was sometimes criticized. Read the article on Helen Keller’s life. Pay close attention to the sections entitled “Social/Historical Context” and “Well Known Achievements.” Then scroll down to the bottom of the page, and watch the first of the two videos under “Multimedia.”
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/7/3)

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4.3.4 Chapters 16 - 20   For Chapters 16 - 20, you will complete vocabulary exercises, read the chapters while answering guiding questions, and analyze the themes of the book. 

4.3.4.1 Vocabulary   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 16 - 20” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 16 - 20” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Using this guide, you will complete vocabulary for Chapters 16 - 20, prior to reading the chapters in the next subunit. Keep your vocabulary definitions handy, and use them as a reference while you are reading.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

4.3.4.2 Reading with Guiding Questions   - Reading: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s *The Story of My Life* Link: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life (HTML)
 
Instructions: Now that you have completed the vocabulary, you will read Chapters 16 - 20. After you carefully read each chapter, use the previous resource to answer the questions for that chapter using complete sentences. Make sure to use details from the text to support your answers.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 2 hours.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.4.3 Literary Device: Themes   - Activity: Freeology: “Themes” Link: Freeology: “Themes” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Now that you are near the end of the book, you are going to reinvestigate themes in Keller’s autobiography. Open the “Themes” graphic organizer and identify two additional themes you encountered while reading. Do not use the same themes that you identified earlier, and use quotes from the text to support your choices.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.5 Chapters 21 - 23   For Chapters 21 - 23, you will complete vocabulary exercises, read the chapters while answering guiding questions, and analyze the development of the characters over the course of the book.

4.3.5.1 Vocabulary   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 21 - 23” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Vocabulary for Chapters 21 - 23” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Using this guide, you will complete vocabulary for Chapters 21 - 23, prior to reading the chapters in the next subunit. Keep your vocabulary definitions handy, and use them as a reference while you are reading.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

4.3.5.2 Reading with Guiding Questions   - Reading: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s *The Story of My Life* Link: Project Gutenberg: Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life (HTML)
 
Instructions: Now that you have completed the vocabulary, you will read Chapters 21 - 23. After you carefully read each chapter, use the previous resource to answer the questions for that chapter using complete sentences. Make sure to use details from the text to support your answers.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 1 hour.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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4.3.5.3 Literary Device: Character Development   - Activity: Freeology: “Character Study” Link: Freeology: “Character Study” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Using the link above, open and print document. Using the directions provided, fill out the entire organizer. Write from the point of view of character/narrator Helen Keller.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 30 minutes.
 
Standards Addressed (Common Core):

-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/10)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/1)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/2)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/3)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/4)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/5)
-   [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6](http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/7/6)

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Unit 4 Assessment   - Explanation: TeacherTechVids: “Prezi - The Basics” Link: TeacherTechVids: “Prezi -The Basics” (YouTube)
 
Instructions: To complete Unit 4, you need to complete the “Unit Checkpoint.” For Helen Keller’s autobiographical novel that you read, you will create a “Prezi” about her life. To do this, you will first need to sign up for a Prezi account. You will then watch the tutorial above, “Prezi -The Basics,” to learn how to create a Prezi. The tutorial was made for teachers, so you will hear a bit of “teacher talk” that you can ignore. After you watch the video, take a few minutes to play around with the tools you just learned about.
 
Creating your account, watching this tutorial, and exploring the Prezi tools should take approximately 30 minutes.
 
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  • Checkpoint: The Saylor Foundation’s “Helen Keller Prezi Assignment” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Helen Keller Prezi Assignment” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: To complete Unit 4, you will create a presentation about Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life. Follow the assignment’s instructions to create your Prezi, and use this rubric to evaluate your project when you’re done. You must score 9 out of 12 points to pass the checkpoint. If you do not score at least 9 points, make revisions your Prezi and assess it again.
     
    Completing this checkpoint and evaluating your work should take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.