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    "Particular Topic", "Grade Relevant Text and Subject Area" and "Context".
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    Particular Topic= "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 4.6. 5.6, 6.6, 7.6, 8.6, 9-10.6, 11-12.6
    Grade & Subject-Relevant Text/Area= "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers:
    (Reading: Informational Text) RI.2.4, RI.3.4, RI.4.4. RI.5.4, RI.6.4, RI.7.4, RI.8.4, RI.9-10.4, RI.11-12.4
    (Reading: Literature) RL.2.4, RL.3.4, RL.4.4. RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4
    Context= "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 2.4a, 3.4a, 4.4a, 5.4a, 6.4a, 7.4a, 8.4a, 9-10.4a, 11-12.4a

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    Benjamin Franklin (history) Vocabulary Word List (167)
    A)Abolition, Abroad, Adage, Adroit, Advancement, Advice, Affluence, Almanac, American, Anonymous, Answers, Apprentice, Athlete, Author, Authority, Autobiography, “Silence Dogood”
    B)Beloved, Bifocal glasses, Bioluminescent, British, Businessman
    C)Candle maker, Celebrate, Charm, Citizen, Clever, Colonies, Concoct, Conscience, Conservation, Contributions, Controversial, Creative, Curiosity
    D)Daylight-savings-time, Debtor, Defender, Demeanor, Denigration, Design, Destiny, Dilettante, Diplomat, Discoveries, Discussion, Dissident, Drama
    E)Eccentric, Editor, Electricity, Energetic, Epigram, Era, Essays, Essential, Establish, Experiment, Eyesight
    F)Fashionable, Fellow, Fighting, Flirt, Founder, Founding Father, Four-sided music stand, France, Freethinker, Funds
    G)Gadget, Genius, Gifted, Glass armonica, Governing, Government, Guitar
    H)Hail, Harp, Heat conduction, Historian, Humorist
    I)Image, Immortalize, Interpret, Invention, Inventor
    K)Keen, Key, Kite
    L)Leader, Lending, Libraries, Light, Lightening, Lightening rods, Limited government, Lore
    M)Manuscript, Medicine, Mistrust, Motion, Multifaceted, Multiplicity, Musician
    N)Negotiate, Newspaper
    O)Obnoxious, Observation, Odometer, Offensive
    P)Patriot, Pertinent, Philosopher, Pleasure, Poor Richard’s Almanac, Praise, Prankster, Prescient, Printer, Pseudonym, Publish
    Q)Query, Question, Quip, Quipster
    R)Rebel, Religion, Reputation, Reverence, Revolutionary, Righteous
    S)Sage, Satirist, Sayings, Scientist, Seek, Self-made, Statesman, Statesmanship, Success, Swimmer
    T)Thinker, Timeless, Tinker, Tradition, Traveler, Tribute, Triumph
    V)Vain, Vigor, Violin, Virtue, Volunteer, Voyage
    W)Wisdom, Wise, Wit, Worldly, Writer
    X)Xenophile, Xenophobia
    Z)Zeal, Zealous
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    Quotes by Benjamin Franklin:
    "Penny saved, penny earned"
    "Fish and visitors stink in three days”"
    "Eat to live, and not live to eat"
    "The things which hurt, instruct"
    "We hold these truths to be self evident"
    "A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed"
    "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." (The expression Franklin used in 1789 was borrowed from one of his favorite writers, Daniel Defoe. Defoe wrote the novel Robinson Crusoe. The original comment was "Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed."

    Benjamin Franklin Lesson Plan and Discussion Ideas:
    1. Complete research to explain why Benjamin Franklin is considered a great statesman, a writer, a scientist and inventor.
    2. What kinds of material did Benjamin Franklin either write or publish? Did he always use his own name? Why? Why not?
    3. Benjamin Franklin earned the reputation as a scientist. What experiments are worthy of merit?
    4. Compile a list of his inventions and briefly describe their utility. offers more than 465 word lists. To see more word lists, please go to the home page for word games, interactive worksheets, word puzzles and themed content. 2500 pages of free content at are available only online. There are no fees.