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Self-Command: Ben Franklin's "Moral Perfection"
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Self-Command: Ben Franklin's "Moral Perfection"

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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Handout
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Common Core State Standards
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About This Lesson

What personal virtues are necessary for a self-governing people? Consider the virtues of self-command and self-respect by reading "The Project for Moral Perfection" by Benjamin Franklin (pdf below). Then, visit the following links for additional resources, including a study guide, biographical information and video discussions of Franklin's story with historian Wilfred M. McClay and editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3

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Franklin_Project_for_Moral_Perfection.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 12, 2020
534 KB

Project_for_Moral_Perfection_Study_Guide.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 12, 2020
520.28 KB

Standards

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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