In this lesson, students read aphorisms from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin and use these as mentor texts for their own writing.
In pre-reading activities students paraphrase a quote, 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, and key. Sample aphorisms, reflective essays, and photos are also provided.
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