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Benjamin Franklin: Guide to Resources

Benjamin Franklin in the State Library's Collections

Teaching with Primary Resources Lesson Plans

These lessons and units connected to the Common Core Standards for Science and Social Studies are focused on materials by and about Benjamin Franklin from the State Library's collection.  The items were digitized in commemoration of his 300th birthday.

Websites

The Electric Ben Franklin. 30 Dec. 2005.
www.ushistory.org/franklin.
An excellent introduction to the life and work of Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin. An Extraordinary Life. An Electric Mind. 30 Dec. 2005.
www.pbs.org/benfranklin.
A companion website to the PBS documentary.

Benjamin Franklin. A Documentary History. 30 Dec. 2005.
http://www.benfranklin300.org/etc_timeline.htm
Well documented chronology of Franklin's life and achievements.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. 30 Dec. 2005.
www.earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/index.html.
The e-text of Franklin's autobiography.

Resources in the State Library

Benjamin Franklin Books in the State Library