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Geri Renswick
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Benjamin Franklin's Quotes
Students will have read, discussed, and been taught about Franklin's quotes prior to working on their own projects. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development. Students will have the presentation demonstrated and a finished product modeled, prior to working on their own projects.
Grade Level: 5

Curricular Area:
Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology

Class Time Required:
2-3 weeks (Estimated)

2.5.4 Language: WRITING:Literary Response and Analysis

* Identify and analyze the characteristics of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction and explain the appropriateness of the literary forms chosen by an author for a specific purpose.

* Understand that theme refers to the meaning or moral of a selection and recognize themes (whether implied or stated directly) in sample works.

2.5.5: Language:WRITING : Writing Strategies

* Create simple documents by using electronic media and employing organizational features (e.g., passwords, entry and pull-down menus, word searches, the thesaurus, spell checks).

2.5.2: Language: READING: Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development

* Use word origins to determine the meaning of unknown words

* Understand and explain frequently used synonyms, antonyms, and homographs.

* Know abstract, derived roots and affixes from Greek and Latin and use this knowledge to analyze the meaning of complex words (e.g., controversial).

* Understand and explain the figurative and metaphorical use of words in context.

2.5.3: Language: READING: Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)

* Understand how text features (e.g., format, graphics, sequence, diagrams, illustrations, charts, maps) make information accessible and usable.

* Discern main ideas and concepts presented in texts, identifying and assessing evidence that supports those ideas.

* Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and prior knowledge.

* Distinguish facts, supported inferences, and opinions in text.


Students explain the causes of the American Revolution, in terms of:

1. how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the Revolution (e.g., resistance to imperial policy, Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, tax on tea, Coercive Acts)

2. the people and events associated with the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the document's significance, including the key political concepts it embodies, the origins of those concepts, and its role in severing ties with Great Britain

3. the views, lives, and impact of key individuals during this period (e.g.,biographies of King George III, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams)


Students understand the course and consequences of the American Revolution, in terms of:

1. the contributions of France and other nations and individuals to the outcome of the Revolution (e.g., Benjamin Franklin's negotiations with the French, the French navy, the Treaty of Paris, The Netherlands, Russia, Marquis de Lafayette, Kosciuszko, Baron von Steuben,)

2. the personal impact and economic hardship on financing the war, wartime inflation, and laws against hoarding and profiteering

(c) 1999-2001 Teach The Teachers Collaborative

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Learning and Teaching Activities:
Students have worked with dialogue and quotes, but they will now reflect on another's quote and reflect and respond in a personal way. Students have used PowerPoint and will now work independently on creating their own project.

Students will learn to use a digital camera.

Students will each present a multimedia project.

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Outcomes and Assessment:
Students will show an understanding of one of Franklin's quotes by rewording the quote to modern language, illustrating the quote using photography, and demonstrating working knowledge of PowerPoint.

Students will show evidence of understanding through a class presentation of their final project described in the PowerPoint presentation included here.(Note: Teacher should monitor student project throughout development to assist in organization.)

Final project will be assessed through a teacher-created rubric.

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Materials Needed:
Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Internet access, TV or LCD projector for the computer, books, digital camera, disposable cameras

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Resource 1
  • Resource: software:PowerPoint and Word
  • URL/Publisher: Microsoft
  • How Used: to complete the project
Resource 2
  • Resource: text:"America Will Be"
  • URL/Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • How Used: background knowledge
Resource 3
  • Resource: text:"Benjamin Franklin" by Parin d' Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar
  • How Used: background knowledge
Resource 4
  • Resource: text: "Ben and Me"
  • How Used: background knowledge
Resource 5 Resource 6

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