In teaching my students about Beethoven the same question always comes up: how did he feel about not being able to hear?
This prompted me to dig out an old college book with writings of various composers ad reviews of performances as well as Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament. I find the text to be one of the most revealing looks into his life and had to share it with my students
But the difficult language of the translation made it difficult just simply read the letter to my students. So went line by line, re-writing some of the letter (especially for middle school ELL brains)
This PowerPoint is a read-along segmented one phrase/sentence at a time to allow time to discuss the meanings of difficult vocabulary words. It usually takes me a full 50 minute class to go through it and have meaningful discussions. A good follow-up activity is to have students write a reflection on how this letter is relevant today in their lives.
In the ZIP file is the PowerPoint and printout of the letter for the students to follow along with. Please let me know if you have any problems with opening the documents.