Many Bens: Character Revealed in Writing

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Benjamin Franklin may be known as a Founding Father, but he was also a prolific writer. Scholars examine his better-known pieces to learn about genre, voice, and early American history. The resource includes options for various investigations including acting out various kinds of persuasive writing assignments.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate primary sources from Ben Franklin 
  • Ask scholars to create their own written pieces in the same manner as Benjamin Franklin
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson plan is part of a larger series exploring Ben Franklin's life and ideas
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Lesson plan includes worksheets, making it easy to use
  • Primary sources allow for skill building
  • Links to some primary sources are no longer live, requiring extra teacher research