A Lesson on Benjamin Franklin’s “Project for Moral Perfection”

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Benjamin Franklin identified 13 virtues that he felt would strengthen his character if he could focus on each one. A thorough lesson explores high schoolers' personal values in the context of their lives, and compels them to strive for the perfection of their own moral character.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have a list of the 13 virtues ready during instruction
  • Connect the lesson between social studies and language arts
  • Assign extension activities to honors or AP students
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to individual copies of Benjamin Franklin’s “Project for Moral Perfection” from The Autobiography
  • Lesson lasts for one 90-minute class period or two 45-minute periods
Pros

  • Aligned to Common Core standards for reading and writing
  • Brings concepts from 18th century America to learners' modern-day lives 
Cons

  • None