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Thornton Wilder born

April 17, 1897

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Benjamin Franklin dies at 84

April 17, 1790

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  • Benjamin Franklin's Many "Hats"
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    Benjamin Franklin's Many "Hats"

    Ben Franklin, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution was also a philanthropist, a community leader, patriot, and Founding Father. This lesson plan exemplifies all our new country fought for in the Revolutionary War: individualism, democracy, community, patriotism, scientific inquiry and invention, and the rights of “We the People.”

  • Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men

    Students examine primary sources in order to compare the intellectual achievements of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. The lesson serves as an introduction to the complementary EDSITEment lesson, Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers.

  • Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers

    Explore the philosophical contributions that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson made to the movement for American independence. The lesson introduces students to some of the important precursor documents, such as Franklin's Albany Plan of 1754 and Jefferson's Draft of the Virginia Constitution, that led to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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  • Student Resource / History & Social Studies
    Launchpad: Benjamin Franklin's Virtues

    This Launchpad, adapted from www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Benjamin Franklin’s “The Project of Moral Perfection” a passage from his Autobiography.