From Ben’s Pen to Our Lives

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What would Ben do? Jumping off from the pseudonymous letters Ben Franklin fooled his older brother into publishing when he was still a teenager, young literary lovers dive into acting, writing, and addressing a local issue with wit and satire in imitation. High schoolers study Franklin’s writing in pairs and use his approach as a jumping-off point for their own opinion pieces.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite editors of local papers to watch student presentations and discuss the issues they raise
  • Team with an English teacher and/or acting instructor to support cross-curricular initiatives

    Classroom Considerations
    • Dictionaries might help English learners due to the complex language of the papers
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    • Provides a well-constructed opportunity for students to go beyond linguistic intelligence
    • Engaging activity brings current or historical issues to life
    • Lesson creates interdisciplinary connections between Social Studies, English, and Drama/Acting

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