Will the Real Ben Franklin Please Stand Up?

As we look toward identifying our leaders in the new millenium, it will help students to reflect upon those who have represented that role in the past, and what their contributions were. In this lesson, students will research and debate Benjamin Franklin's most significant role and contribution to the history of the United States. Which was most important to American History - Benjamin Franklin's work as a printer, a writer, a statesman or an inventor?

After completing their research, students will have to prepare 10-minute oral and visual presentations to support their position. After presenting their work, they will also be expected to answer questions and ask them of the other groups.

Grade Level: 7th grade through 12th grade

Time Allotment: The entire unit should take the class anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks (based on four periods per week)

Subject Matter: American History, Colonial America, The Beginning of American Government, Scientific Inventions of Colonial America

Standards:
United States History Standards for Grades 5-12 from the National Center for History in the Schools.

National Standards related to Historical Thinking:

Standard 1: Chronological Thinking Standard 2: Historical Comprehension Standard 3: Historical Analysis and Interpretation Standard 4: Historical Analysis and Interpretation
Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  •  Research information about Benjamin Franklin using the Internet and traditional methods, such as the use of primary and/or secondary source materials.

  •  Give an oral and visual presentation of their argument and findings.

  •  Participate in a question-and-answer session during an in-class debate.

  •  Make a persuasive speech.

    This lesson was developed by Anna Chan Rekate.


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