Character Traits – Benjamin Franklin

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10242

Using videos and diagrams you will explore Benjamin Franklin's character traits and how he displayed these traits, and your own character traits and how you display them. The projects are great, too!


United States

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

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What words would you use to describe Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States? What words would you use to describe yourself?

Studying thecharacter traits 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 character traits of Benjamin Franklin and how he displayed these traits, as well as your own character traits and how you display them in your own life!

First, watch Character Traits Lesson below. This video is geared toward characters (character traits) in a story or novel, but it can be applied to real people (historical figures or modern-day):

 Next,learn about Benjamin Franklin using the following links:

You can also watch The Life of Benjamin Franklin - Discovery History Biography below (Note: this is almost 2 hours long):


  • What are Benjamin Franklin's character traits?

Visit the following link for an extensive list of character traits: Sample Character Traits (

Some of Benjamin Franklin's character traits include the following:

  • adventurous
  • ambitious
  • curious
  • honest
  • humorous
  • sharp
  • energetic

It is important to not only understand the traits, but also to understand the meanings of each and provide examples from Franklin's life.

Research the meanings of each of the character traits listed using or another online dictionary. You may also research more traits you find relevant to Franklin and want to explore in more detail.

Complete the Character Traits – Benjamin Franklin found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.Find examples from Franklin's life of how he displayed the character traits.

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