Aphorisms by Benjamin Franklin - Mentor Texts for Writing

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In this lesson, students read aphorisms from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin and consider them mentor texts for their own writing.

In pre-reading activities students paraphrase a quotation, brainstorm favorite sayings, and define the meaning of “aphorism.” Next, they explain several of Franklin's aphorisms, and they identify the characteristics of an effective aphorism. Ultimately, they use their reading to inspire the writing of their own aphorisms. Afterwards, they write reflection essays to demonstrate their thinking.

This 15-page product includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
  • pre-reading guide
  • aphorism handouts
  • rubric
  • writing assignments
  • key
  • sample aphorisms and reflective essays

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Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

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