This mini-lesson looks at "The First American", Benjamin Franklin. He is the only Founding Father that signed all three major documents that founded the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris in 1783, and the United States Constitution. Students will explore the many roles he took during the founding of America.


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  • Recognize how various individuals and groups contributed to the development of the U.S. government.
  • Trace the impact of significant events that surrounded the founding of the United States.
  • Big Ideas: signer of three major U.S. documents, Declaration of Independence, diplomat, Treaty of Paris, Constitution, Join or Die political cartoon


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