Franklin Activity Assignments

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Teenagers may not immediately name Benjamin Franklin as one of their role models, but after completing a writing assignment on his virtues and aphorisms, they may not be able to deny how influential the founding father really is. Given the choice between multiple prompts, class members construct advice to incoming freshmen, research a global problem worth solving, or reflect on seven things they would most like to improve about themselves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect the activity between a social studies unit on the founding fathers, a language arts lesson on figurative language, and a health or teen studies class when discussing character development
  • Publish one virtue or piece of advice from each student and distribute to incoming freshmen
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity is designed for high schoolers, but applicable for middle school classes with some modification
  • Offers extra credit for figurative language and puns; consider whether you want to make the same offer to your class
  • Have a copy of Franklin's 13 virtues available for reference
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  • Encourages creativity and self reflection
  • A fun way to begin or end the school year
  • Easy to differentiate by skill level based on the activities available to choose from
  • None
Common Core