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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 those documents.
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