Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life

Candace Fleming's award winning Ben Franklin's Almanac is the anchor text for a classroom guide that provides teachers with a cache of pre, during, and post-reading activities.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include as part of Constitution Day observances
  • Have individuals submit their projects to the National History Day competition
  • Work with a science teacher and reconstruct some of Franklin's experiments
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of Candace Fleming's Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life
  • The book is organized thematically rather than chronologically


Pros
  • The writing activities are modeled on Franklin's own methods for improving his vocabulary and writing
  • The guide includes activities suggested by the American Newspaper Association Foundation and the International Reading Association
Cons
  • None