ENGLISH 2 HONORS: BLINDNESS AND SIGHT
SMALL GROUP READING AND TASKS
Directions: As we have completed “whole class learning” with our reading of Oedipus, we now are ready for
small group learning. Below you have tasks you will complete for this section. Some of the task descriptions
say “submit” or “stamp.” These words signal how you will receive your points. Be sure to get your stamps and
be sure to submit your tasks when directed to do so. You may turn in stamped tasks one day late for
half-credit; however, the tasks you submit must come on time or else you will not get credit.
“View from the Empire State Building”--Helen Keller
# Task Description Directions
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you did not have all of your
senses, such as sight, smell, or hearing? This will set the context for reading “View
From the Empire State Building.” Record your response in a half-sheet of paper.
2 Read Read about the author.
4 First Read:
Complete your first read graphic organizer as you read the text.
Notice general ideas of the text, such as who is involved and what it is about.
Annotate by marking vocabulary and key passages you want to revisit
Connect ideas within the selection to what you already know and what you already
Respond by completing the Comprehension Check and by writing a brief summary
of the selection.
5 Identify Imagery
Imagery is language that uses images--words or phrases that appeal to the senses
of sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell. The term imagery is also used more
broadly to refer to figurative language that evokes sensations. Like literal imagery,
figurative imagery appeals to the sens, but makes imaginative comparisons to
things that may not be purely sensory.
Annotate details in paragraphs 6-8 that demonstrate the writer’s use of imagery.
Discuss what can a read infer from the description of the unseen world. In addition,
discuss why the author might have included these details.
Please complete questions 1-5.
If you are blind, what other senses can you use to “see”?
Please read the text again. Add to your annotations and graphic organizer.
9 Analyze the Text
On a half-sheet of paper, please write out your responses to questions 1-3. You
need not write out the questions. Please write in pen, in complete sentences.
On the back of the half-sheet you used for task above, please write your responses
to “Why These Words” and the “Practice.”
11 Analyze Craft
Figurative language can be used in nonfiction texts, such as this article/letter from
Helen Keller. Figurative language, as well as word choice, can be an important
literary element in nonfiction texts. Note that Keller takes great care to develop
strong images that convey her ideas....