Ben Franklin Aphorisms

Benjamin Franklin's famous aphorisms are a perfect time capsule of colonist values in the mid-18th century, as well as a clever reminder of the way life still works today. Middle and high schoolers select one aphorism to interpret literally, then figuratively, and then artistically.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an interdisciplinary project between a social studies lesson on Benjamin Franklin and a language arts class when discussing literal and figurative language 
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes 30 aphorisms to assign; if you have more than 30 students in the class, consider assigning aphorisms to pairs or small groups
  • Both examples show the aphorism's literal meaning

  • Great for learners to practice the difference between literal and figurative language
  • Provides artistic assessment opportunities for those who prefer not to write

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