Benjamin Franklin Autobiography Teacher Resources
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Persona in Autobiography
A talkative old man? A naïve believer in Human Perfectibility? A Sage? Who is this guy, anyway? The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin launches a study of the way Franklin uses structure, style, and purpose, as well as different personas, to build our perception of him.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Relating to Franklin's Age of Reason
Fourth graders read a selection describing 13 virtues from "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." They keep track of their behavior and whether or not they can keep up with 5 chosen virtues. They write a 5 paragraph essay on their experience.
4th English Language Arts
Celebrating Benjamin Franklin
Students explore various websites featuring the life and achievements of Benjamin Franklin. They investigate Franklin's roles in colonial society as well as pictures of his various inventions. They view excerpts of historical documents related to Benjamin Franklin.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Study Question
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Students may check some of their answers online.
10th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Will the Real Ben Franklin Please Stand Up?
Students explore the life of Benjamin Franklin. In this American history lesson, students research primary and secondary documents regarding Franklin's life. Students should examine the point of view each of the accounts is written from as they complete the suggested activities.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Poor Richard's Almanack
Students discover what "Poor Richard's Almanack" is and identify at least one element of good writing used by Benjamin Franklin and his work. They then identify what makes some of Benjamin Franklin's sayings applicable today and create a class almanac based on "Poor Richard's Almanack".
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Writing and Autobiography
Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Images and the Self-Image of Benjamin Franklin
Young scholars interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson, students read about the accomplishments of Franklin and then compose persuasive essays to accompany images they find of him.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
A Rising People: Ben Franklin and the Americans
Students analyze a letter written by Benjamin Franklin. In this letter writing lesson plan, students analyze the vocabulary and format of the letter in pairs. Students write their own friendly letter, focusing on format and voice.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History