Benjamin Franklin: Politician and Diplomat

Benjamin Franklin was many things: a scientist, businessman, diplomat, politician. Learners explore facets of the legendary figure with a matching activity. By matching primary source documents to their descriptions, they analyze the sources and what they say about Benjamin Franklin.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer the activity as a warm-up or exit ticket for a lesson on Benjamin Franklin
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members need computer access for the activity
  • Exit ticket for the interactive asks for pupils to write responses to a prompt as well as provide their names and emails

  • Activity requires critical analysis of secondary source clues and primary sources
  • Interactive is learner-led and allows for additional inquiry

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