This unit of study about Benjamin Franklin stems from the Benjamin Franklin video series from PBS. The video and unit takes an in-depth look at Benjamin Franklin's life from every aspect. The unit includes eight lessons which cover Franklin as an author/publisher, civic-minded citizen, advertising developer, writer, "Renaissance" man, scientist, and inventor. Over the course of the unit, students perform research on the Internet, publish a modern day digital almanac on the web, and write a proposal for a community service project to be presented to the class.
Other keywords: Poor Richard's Almanack, Richard Saunders, volunteer, good citizen, common good, citizenship, civic activities, commercials, pseudonyms, slander, libel, self-improvement, scientific theories, supersitions, method, electricity, inventions, inventors, patents, broadsides, mass media
Student 1.0, Student 1.2, Student 2.0, Student 2.2, Student 3.0, Student 3.2, Student 3.4, Student 6.1, Student 6.2, Teacher 2.1, Teacher 2.2, Teacher 2.3, Teacher 2.4, Teacher 3.4, Teacher 4.2, Teacher 4.4
Public Broadcasting Service
Copyright Twin Cities Public Television Inc.
Unit of Study
Multiple Technologies, Website, Word Processing
Practical Living/Vocational Studies, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Writing
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade