Most people know something about a kite and a key (that's a myth) and perhaps about the hundred dollar bill (that's a fact!). But Benjamin Franklin was far more complex than the invention of a stove and some eyeglasses would lead you to believe! One of Franklin's chief pursuits in life was self improvement. While Franklin accomplished an astonishing number of achievements throughout his life, his constant goal, in spite of all his successes, was to improve himself.
In this webquest, students will be familiarizing themselves with those achievements and successes. They will identify and learn about the significant events in Franklin's life, and place his accomplishments in the context of his life story.
Once they're familiar with Franklin's biography, they'll learn about his plan for self-improvement. Franklin laid out a very detailed, yet very simple plan to conform himself to a set of 13 virtues. He thought that by mastering these 13 virtues, he would achieve "moral perfection." Did Franklin become morally perfect by applying his 13 virtues to his life? Students will decide!
The full text of the Common Core standards fulfilled by this webquest are included in the resource.