Lesson 1 (from Chapter I)
Students will be studying The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin over the next thirty days. He was not merely a talented individual with numerous interests, but a noted polymath. Some would say he was the epitome of a Renaissance man. The objective of this lesson is to stimulate student interest in studying Franklin's work.
1) Research Project: To promote interest and provide a foundation for the next thirty days, have class members research Franklin. Students are to examine what era he lived in, what life experiences were likely to have had an impact on his writing, and other aspects. They will also read a short synopsis of the work that the next thirty lessons will center on. Have some volunteers discuss their findings with the class.
2) Class Discussion: Have students answer the following questions and discuss as a class: (1) Franklin was renown in his time...
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