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Day 5: Benjamin Franklin's Final Speech at the Constitutional Convention

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6
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Benjamin Franklin is one of the most well-known Founding Fathers. In his final speech, he urges the delegates to ratify the Constitution; not because it was without flaws, but because it was the best possible option. He uses figurative language and strategic persuasive tactics to make his point. The previous four days' instruction has prepared students to identify that Franklin did indeed support the Constitution and students will be able to provide evidence from the text that supports this claim. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text.
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