She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer By Sally and Robert Alexander November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"Her family wrapped them with poultices- heated cloths filled with moist, soft bread, meal, or clay-" (Pg. 5)

Based upon the context clues, the word “Poultices” means hot cloths filled with clay or food.

"They were often too busy to tend to Laura, so she spent much of her time alone, in isolation." (Pg. 10)

Based upon the context clues, the word "Isolation" means to be separated from the group.

"Howe was delighted by Laura's head because he believed in phrenology."

Based upon the context clues, the word "phrenology" means the study of the shape and size of the brain.

"When they reached the city of Boston, after traveling about three or four days, vibrations of other carriages, of horses' hooves, of people's shouts all bombarded her.

Based upon the context clues, the word "bombarded" means to assail someone.

"Still, her insides ached, and she fumed with vexation. One of the doctors tried to calm her down."

Based upon the context clues, the word "vexation" means to be annoyed, frustrated, or worried.

"It took her a while, but then she started to learn and the intellectual side started to show.

Based upon the context clues, the word "intellectual" means to relate to the intellect or to be smart.

"Calisthenics with other blind girls [Howe felt that the blind were generally poor in physical shape"

Based upon the context clues, the word "calisthenics" means physical exercise.

"She began arithmetics. We began with math.

Based upon the context clues, the word "arithmetics" means a part of math.

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