Ben Franklin Aphorisms

Is a pretend friend worse than an open foe? What benefits come to those who help themselves? Take a look at some of Benjamin Franklin's famous aphorisms, which advise readers to conduct themselves properly throughout the day. Pupils match the aphorism to a more literal translation on the other side of the page.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a warm-up activity before starting a lesson on Benjamin Franklin
  • Add to an assessment on figurative and literal language
  • Have class members choose one aphorism to represent in a drawing, or to write a short narrative response
Classroom Considerations
  • Does not include an answer key
  • Formatting is a little tight; consider retyping the worksheet to make the sentences clear
  • Contains a color picture of Benjamin Frankin; printing in black and white shouldn't impact understanding
Pros
  • Some aphorisms have made their way into common idioms, making them familiar to learners in the class
  • Idea for both a study on Franklin and a lesson on figurative language
Cons
  • None