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The Miracle Worker

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in The Miracle Worker and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

Excerpt from "Three Days to See" by Helen Keller,
© 1933
Summary: In this excerpt from an essay, Helen Keller urges sighted people to appreciate the beauty of what they see.

"Darkness at Noon" by Harold Krents
from The New York Times, May 26, 1976
Summary: In this humorous essay, the blind author of the autobiography To Race the Wind points out some common misconceptions about blind people.

"And Sarah Laughed" by Joanne Greenberg
(from Rites of Passage, © 1972)
Summary: Sarah, a hearing wife and mother, resists her deaf family's new interest in sign language, which allows them to speak with each other for the first time.

"The Game" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
(from The Latin Deli: Prose & Poetry, © 1993)
Summary: The speaker of this poem lyrically describes her friendship with Cruz, who is physically disabled.

"Miss Awful" by Arthur Cavanaugh,
© 1987)
Summary: In this story, an easygoing child chafes under the strict control of a by-the-book substitute teacher, but then comes to appreciate her efforts.

"A Man" by Nina Cassian, translated by Roy MacGregor-Hastie
(from The Other Voice, © 1976)
Summary: After the wounded soldier in this poem overcomes self-pity, he discovers that a wing has sprouted in the place of his lost arm.

Excerpt from "Seeing" by Annie Dillard
(from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, © 1974)
Summary: In this essay, Annie Dillard reflects on the gift of her own eyesight and writes about adults confronted with this sense for the first time in their lives.