Historians have often described Benjamin Franklin as a “man of many hats” and it easily could be argued that Franklin was the most important of all the Founding Fathers of the United States. His involvement in virtually every key moment leading to American independence and the forming of the Constitution in the late 18th century is well documented. And Franklin’s groundbreaking work with electricity and printing as well as his many inventions just add to his resume as a brilliant man.
This US History biographical reading and assessment activity on Benjamin Franklin was written for Grades 8-12. It can be completed independently or with guided teacher discussion and requires the application of close reading skills, which involve revisiting the text several times after a first reading to locate key facts, details, and concepts. This printable is also ideal to leave for a sub in any US History class.
In this resource students will read an entertaining and informative 1200-word biographical text on Benjamin Franklin written at a 9th-10th grade reading level. The article traces his life story chronologically as well as provides a review of the many other interests and accomplishments of this magnificent American leader/statesman. (Please see the Preview).
After the reading there are 33 text-dependent multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, or writing questions. Answers are provided for all questions.
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