Individuals Can Have a Great Impact on History – Benjamin Franklin (1 of 3)

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10238

We know you've heard of Benjamin Franklin. But have you heard about what he did and how he impacts you today? Using videos and online stuff, create an exhibit or political cartoon about Mr. Franklin!


United States

learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Think you need to choose a career path and stick to it? Interested in studying more than one subject and can’t decide? Well, take a lesson from Benjamin Franklin and try many things. In this lesson, you will explore the amazing life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin!

Studying the lives of significant people can help you understand history from a different perspective and recognize an individual’s impact on an event or the world.

In this lesson, you will explore the life of Benjamin Franklin, his significance in history, and how he is still relevant today.

This lesson is part of a series of Related Lessons found in the right-hand sidebar. You can complete one or all three to fully examine the life of Mr. Franklin.

As you explore Franklin's life, use the note-taking sheet Analysis of Benjamin Franklin 1 of 3 NOTES to answer the unit questions. An answer key (Analysis of Benjamin Franklin 1 of 3 NOTES – ANSWER KEY) is also provided. Download both from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Learn about Benjamin Franklin using the following videos and websites:

  • Watch the Ben Franklin Biography from CloudBiography:


We encourage you to use other resources to fill in your notes. Some recommended books are noted in the Suggested Reading section of the right-hand sidebar.

Continue on to the Got It? section to choose a hands-on project!

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