New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_377
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin. From a painting by J.S. Duplessis (1725-1802). Lantern slide created in 1911.
How old do you think Benjamin Franklin is in this portrait?
How old was Franklin when he died?
Does he look like a person who lives in modern times? Explain.
Why would a portrait be painted of Benjamin Franklin? What types of people do you think had their portraits painted in the 1700s?
Is it easier to paint a portrait of someone or to take their photograph?
Do you think more people have their photographs taken today than had portraits painted in Benjamin Franklin's time? Why?
What did Benjamin Franklin think about slavery?
Art: Explore the artwork of J.S. Duplessis
Science: What were some of Benjamin Franklin's inventions and scientific discoveries?
English Language Arts: Choose what you think are Benjamin Franklin’s five biggest accomplishments and write a persuasive essay explaining why they are more significant than others.
Adler, David. B. Franklin: Printer. New York: Holiday House, 2001. ISBN: 0823416755
Fleming, Candace. Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003. ISBN: 0689835493
Giblin, James. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Scholastic, 2000. ISBN: 0590485342
Harness, Cheryl. The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2005. ISBN: 0792278828