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. Not only is this a good literary analysis and writing lesson, it also lends well to a cross-curricular activity with an American history class. Expand the lesson to individual autobiographical writing.
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 They view excerpts of historical documents related to Benjamin Franklin.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 52 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Perfect Man: Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
Eleventh graders study the characteristics of an autobiography. They read from the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and discuss and write an essay regarding some of his quotes.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Review Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
A Rising People: Ben Franklin and the Americans
Eighth graders use a class wiki site that they use to blog about their feelings while reading about Franklin's autobiography.
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.
Students explore Benjamin Franklin's artistic talents. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson, students read poetry written by Franklin and research his life. Students write compositions based on their findings.
For this early American history worksheet, students respond to 9 essay and short answer questions about the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin.
Autobiography and Training of a Guildsperson - Lesson Plan
Eighth graders watch A&E Biography videos about da Vinci and Michelangelo, and Ben Franklin. They research an apprenticeship and prepare an autobiography based on their guild selection.
Will the Real Ben Franklin Please Stand Up?
Students explore the life of Benjamin Franklin. For 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.
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".
Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men
Learners investigate the achievements of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. They conduct Internet research, identify their achievements, and participate in a 'competition' that compares/contrasts the two men.
Now and Ben Reinforcing Activity
Students explore U.S. history by researching a famous inventor. In this Benjamin Franklin biography lesson, students identify the differences in modern day technology and communication and the era Franklin lived in. Students create a timeline based on how a specific invention changed the subsequent history forever.
Writing an Autobiography
Students create a personal timeline of events to begin their autobiography. In this autobiographical lesson, students build a description of the events of their timeline into an autobiography. Students can explain what an autobiography is.
Images and the Self-Image of Benjamin Franklin
Students 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.
Scribe of Self
Seventh graders read "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank. In groups, they discuss the reasons why people would write an autobiography and identify their own identity crisis. After reading excerpts of other autobiographies, they attempt to write their own and if comfortable share it with the class.
Pop Quiz: Are You a Good Person?
High schoolers examine writings from the period the American Revolutionary War. They focus on the writing of Benjamin Franklin, and attempt to emulate his style and focus. Franklin's writings literally helped to transform the nation, and he kept a type of journal called a "virtue log." Students make their own virtue logs, and write about something they want to improve in themselves, society, or at school. This three-day project should lead to some thoughtful writing, and it will be interesting to hear what each pupil has to say.
A Rising People: Ben Franklin and the Americans
Students will examine the personal life and accomlishements of Ben Franklin by analyzing primary sources of Franklin's writings.