Ben and Me Lesson

Learning Target: I will distinguish the differences between historical fact and fiction.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.8 Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a [video] text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a [video] text.
  1. Take out the Senate Journal and create a T-Chart. Head the two columns FACT | FACTION.
  2. While watching Ben and Me, a short 21 minute animated film about Benjamin Franklin and Colonial America, fill out the T-Chart. An example is provided below.
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Christ Church as painted by William Strickland in 1811

Christ Church as painted by William Strickland in 1811

The Burial Ground

The Christ Church Burial Ground is just behind these gates on 5th and Arch Sts. in Old City Philadelphia.

The Burial Ground

The Burial Ground became the final resting place for five signers of the Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Hewes, Francis Hopkinson, George Ross, and Dr. Benjamin Rush.

Ben and Me T-Chart

I will distinguish the differences between historical fact and fiction.

FACT

  • Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father, printer, and scientist.
  • Franklin invented the Franklin Stove and bifocals.

FICTION

  • Amos was a mouse who helped Benjamin Franklin.
  • Amos traveled around town on Franklin's hat.