This activity would most ideally be used in connection with a text about Benjamin Franklin. After your students have read about Ben Franklin and his accomplishments in life (Poor Richard's Almanack being one of them), they would complete this activity.
This project-based learning activity includes famous quotes from Ben Franklin's, "Poor Richard's Almanack". As well as a graphic organizer, directions and an example for you and/or your students to help clarify expectations.
Students are assigned a silly quote and must determine what the quote really says vs. the lesson that Ben Franklin was trying to convey. This could be used to teach "literal" vs. "figurative" language as well.
*I have used this with 3rd and 5th grade students successfully, but is more ideal for upper grades unless students are well supported.