All of my lessons incorporate the four C’s of teaching: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking. These four elements are at the core of the Common Core Standards. You will find all of these elements in this lesson, from having the students work with a partner or in groups, to students summarizing the text succinctly via a GIST, aloud, to creating a journal of intention, to thinking critically about what it means to have a virtuous life.
In order to bring the ideas of Ben Franklin’s “The Autobiography” to students of today, this lesson offers an opportunity for them to 1. Understand Franklin’s life; 2. Discuss his motivations for writing about his life; and 3. Discuss and write about the importance of virtues and in keeping the focus on a daily goal or intention to guide their actions. The last item in the lesson is a chart for students to fill out with every activity for a series of days along with their goal for the day and a rating system for them to gauge their personal success.
Common Core Standards Addressed in this Lesson
This lesson plan includes:
1. Benjamin Franklin Notes – Student Handout or projectable.
2. “The Autobiography” Journal of Intentions Lesson Outline – Student handout or projectable.
3. Questions to Accompany “The Autobiography” – with answer key.
4. “Keeping a Journal” Assignment
Duration of lesson: 1-2 hours
Grade Level: High School (used with 11th grade)