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					Benjamin Franklin

  The Autobiography
     Opener: Virtue Quiz



Take a few minutes to complete
Franklin’s Virtue Quiz (handout).
                     Aphorisms
   Aphorism: a concise statement of a principle
    (m-w.com)



   Let’s look at some of Franklin’s aphorism
    from Poor Richard’s Almanack.

       What ideas pop out? Why?
       Do similar aphorisms exist today? Provide
        examples.
                                                Portraits




Mezzotint of Franklin, Cochin/St. Aubin, 1777         Portrait of Franklin by David Martin, 1766
VIDEO:
  (Start: 25:00; End: 38:05)
 How is Franklin a symbol of early
  American ideals? Look back to the
  biographical information for help.
 What is the importance of Franklin’s
  Autobiography to American Literature?
 What was its importance to early
  America?
Tips for Reading 18th & 19th Century Literature

   Read semi-colons (;) as if they were periods. Early authors
    often have loooooonnnnggg sentences. Breaking them into
    smaller pieces will help.
   Divide looooonnnngggg paragraphs into two or more
    pieces. Again, the smaller chunks will make this work
    easier to read.
   Use a dictionary. I will often provide some definitions for
    you, but you might find it helpful to look up other words too.
   Make a few notes along the way. Use your annotation
    guide for suggestions, but a few margin notes during and
    after reading will make it easier for you to follow the ideas.
               Franklin’s Virtues
   Join me in reading through the virtue list
    together.
       Keep in mind that Franklin’s virtues align with
        those represented in the quiz you took earlier.
   Think, Pair, Share
     You & your partner are assigned a virtue.
     Make a modern interpretation of that virtue,
      making sure that a reader will have no doubt
      about what is meant.
Day 2
         Franklin’s Virtues (cont.)
   Join me in reading through the virtue list
    together.
       Keep in mind that Franklin’s virtues align with
        those represented in the quiz you took earlier.
   Think, Pair, Share
     You & your partner are assigned a virtue.
     Make a modern interpretation of that virtue,
      making sure that a reader will have no doubt
      about what is meant.
     Autobiography—Benjamin Franklin
             Speed Dating Conversations
1.   Discuss your virtue quiz results with your partner. How do you
     compare to Franklin? What did you have in common? Where
     did you differ the most?
2.   Which virtues on Franklin’s list would you consider to be the
     most important? Why? Are there any that do not matter today?
     Are there any that should be on a more modern list of virtues?
3.   Take a look at Franklin’s schedule on p. 6. What can you infer
     about him based on his list of activities? What things did he
     value? How does his schedule compare to yours?
4.   What was Franklin’s most troublesome virtue? Why? What
     would be your most difficult virtues to master?
5.   What surprised Franklin as he worked on his plan? (p. 7). “But I
     think I like the speckled ax best” (p. 7). What does this mean?
     What does it show about Franklin?
6.   What was Franklin’s reaction to failure? What did he gain from
     his efforts?
VIDEO: Full
 How is Franklin a symbol of early
  American ideals? Look back to the
  biographical information for help.
 What is the importance of Franklin’s
  Autobiography to American Literature?
 What was its importance to early
  America?
          Ponder this….

Youth is the seed time of good habits, as
    well in nations as in individual.

    Thomas Paine, Common Sense
        3-2-1 Discussion

   Discuss your 3-2-1 responses with
    your small group:
     Notable quotes
     Questions
     Connections

				
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