Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin Lesson
In this book students learn that Ben Franklin was a statesman, an inventor, a
printer, and an author-a man of such amazingly varied talents that some people
claimed he had magical powers! It is a true story of the life of Benjamin Franklin at
times sad and funny, but always honest and awe-inspiring.
Objectives: Students will explore the nature and accomplishments of Ben Franklin;
appreciate the importance of experimentation and perseverance; and investigate
the beginnings of many of our institutions and conventions.
Strategies: These are mere recommendations; teachers should use the most
appropriate practices for their individual classes.
1. After doing pre-reading activity in the Ben Franklin Opening Lesson assign
chapters 1-2 for reading.
2. Assign chapters 3-4.
a. Insert lesson on Poor Richard’s Almanack during/after chapter 4
3. Assign chapters 5-6.
a. Insert Science lesson when covering chapter 5.
b. Insert Gallery Walk Lesson
c. Have students complete essay
d. Insert Stamp Act Cartoon Analysis lesson before starting chapter
6 (chapter 6 covers the act)
e. Insert One Day Play: Dr. Franklin Goes to Parliament before
students read page 77 (page 77 tells the results of Ben’s efforts
and you want the students to predict this)
4. Assign chapters 7-8.
a. Insert math lesson at any point.
b. Supplemental readings on the Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution are included and may be used to introduce students to