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Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old runaway when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1723. Yet within days he’d found a job at a local print shop, met the woman he would eventually marry, and even attracted the attention of Pennsylvania’s governor. A decade later, he became a colonial celebrity with the publication of Poor Richard: An Almanack and would go on to become one of Am Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old runaway when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1723. Yet within days he’d found a job at a local print shop, met the woman he would eventually marry, and even attracted the attention of Pennsylvania’s governor. A decade later, he became a colonial celebrity with the publication of Poor Richard: An Almanack and would go on to become one of America’s most distinguished Founding Fathers. Franklin established the colonies’ first lending library, volunteer fire company, and postal service, and was a leading expert in the study of electricity. He represented the Pennsylvania colony in London but returned to help draft the Declaration of Independence. The new nation then named him Minister to France, where he helped secure financial and military aide for the breakaway republic.Author Brandon Marie Miller captures the essence of this exceptional individual through both his original writings and hands-on activities from the era. Readers will design and print an almanac cover, play a simple glass armonica (a Franklin invention), experiment with static electricity, build a barometer, and more. The text also includes a time line, glossary, Web and travel resources, and reading list for further study.


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Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old runaway when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1723. Yet within days he’d found a job at a local print shop, met the woman he would eventually marry, and even attracted the attention of Pennsylvania’s governor. A decade later, he became a colonial celebrity with the publication of Poor Richard: An Almanack and would go on to become one of Am Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old runaway when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1723. Yet within days he’d found a job at a local print shop, met the woman he would eventually marry, and even attracted the attention of Pennsylvania’s governor. A decade later, he became a colonial celebrity with the publication of Poor Richard: An Almanack and would go on to become one of America’s most distinguished Founding Fathers. Franklin established the colonies’ first lending library, volunteer fire company, and postal service, and was a leading expert in the study of electricity. He represented the Pennsylvania colony in London but returned to help draft the Declaration of Independence. The new nation then named him Minister to France, where he helped secure financial and military aide for the breakaway republic.Author Brandon Marie Miller captures the essence of this exceptional individual through both his original writings and hands-on activities from the era. Readers will design and print an almanac cover, play a simple glass armonica (a Franklin invention), experiment with static electricity, build a barometer, and more. The text also includes a time line, glossary, Web and travel resources, and reading list for further study.

34 review for Benjamin Franklin, American Genius: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet Coba

    This book is about Benjamin Franklin and his biography. It describes Ben’s parents and when they arrived to England in 1683 looking for land. It describes in depth who Ben was as a child and how be become one of the greatest scientist ever. This book gives you a time line of Ben and his entire family. As a time line of his life is told, there are also activities that are given of his work. For example, Ben worked in a shop where he made soap and candles, activities like how to make soap like Be This book is about Benjamin Franklin and his biography. It describes Ben’s parents and when they arrived to England in 1683 looking for land. It describes in depth who Ben was as a child and how be become one of the greatest scientist ever. This book gives you a time line of Ben and his entire family. As a time line of his life is told, there are also activities that are given of his work. For example, Ben worked in a shop where he made soap and candles, activities like how to make soap like Ben did and candles are in this book. The theme of this book is great! I truly love the fact that they combined facts about his personal life with hands on activates for students. The illustration in this book are from the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. As a teacher, I would use this in a social studies lesson, art lesson, or a science lesson. This book truly serves in many different purposes and in many different lessons.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana Jenkins

    Benjamin Franklin is brought to life in this fascinating and informative biography. The book is nonfiction, of course, but it has the feel of a good story. The author fleshes out the famous man as she tells that story and supplements our understanding of Franklin and his times with interesting sidebars and selections from his own writing. Plenty of relevant and fun activities are included, making this a good book for teachers and home-schoolers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    A. Book. To. Have. In. Your. Libary. And. Mines. Read.

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