How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

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Benjamin Franklin was never an American president, but he is considered a Founding Father because of his innovative contributions to American politics, science, and economics. Learn more about the way Ben Franklin influenced historical and modern America with a lesson that incorporates social studies, literature, and informational text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the final writing prompt onto the wall to frame a unit on American history
  • Prompt class members to choose one aphorism
Classroom Considerations

  • Based on the book How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanze
  • Resource is designed for fifth graders but would work for older learners as well

  • Provides an answer key for the economic worksheet
  • Includes all necessary reading passages and student worksheets

  • None
Common Core