In this lesson, students will study the life of Benjamin Franklin. Students will learn about Franklin's contributions to his community and country, analyze the Albany plan, analyze Franklin's efforts oppose slavery, and much more.
Handout A: Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: Benjamin Franklin and the Albany Plan of Union
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions