Individuals Can Have a Great Impact on History – Benjamin Franklin (2 of 3)

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10239

Through videos, activities, and creative projects, you will explore the amazing life of Benjamin Franklin and his contributions to the American Revolution!


United States

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Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
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Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Did you know Benjamin Franklin tried very hard to prevent the colonies from going to war with England?

Yet, he contributed greatly to the success of the Revolution.

  • What other contributions did Franklin make to the American Revolution?

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 and his significance to the events surrounding the American Revolution.

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, download the Benjamin Franklin Resource Notes (2 of 3) and answer the unit questions. An answer key with suggested answers, Benjamin Franklin Resource Notes (2 of 3) Answer Key, is also provided. Download both from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Learn more about Benjamin Franklin using the following videos and websites:

Feel free to use other resources to fill in your notes. Some suggested literature is noted in the Suggested Reading section of the right-hand sidebar.

Benjamin Franklin signed many documents surrounding the American Revolution.

Four of the major primary documents in American history signed by Mr. Franklin include:

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Treaty of Alliance with France (1778)
  • Treaty of Paris (1782)
  • The United States Constitution (1787)

Read about each document at the Library of Congress links listed below. Feel free to research on your own as well.

Continue on to the Got It? section to create a brochure about this great American!

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