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School Student Programs – Educational and Age Appropriate

| August 10, 2018 | 1 Comment

While in your part of the country performing Benjamin Franklin Lives …

A specially crafted youth presentation could be available to school students in your auditorium or in coordination with venues hosting Benjamin Franklin

… the educational program of Benjamin Franklin Lives is available to your students and geared to be educational and a lot of fun.

Laughing While Learning

Great storytelling with a lot of humor will mesmerize your students while they learn about Benjamin Franklin’s early life, discoveries and his amazing inventions.

The school program provides historically accurate living history about his lessons of life and achievements. All presented in a fun and energetic telling.

The content is age appropriate and is NOT political –

NOT POLITICAL in any form of fashion. The reference in time is the early 1770s and back to his youth and does not include war or any violent issues.

School Program Length

This is an assembly presentation in two parts:

The initial speaking presentation is around 40 minutes. This is followed by answering (as time permits) some prepared questions by your students they write in the days before the presentation on standard 3.5 inch index cards.

The presentation begins with a humorous introduction from Dr Franklin that grabs your student’s attention. It establishes the moment of time as 1775 as Dr Franklin recalls past stories from his youth.

Several short stories follow that include his encounter with a young friend over a whistle, his talk about what really happened with his kite experiment, the dangers of electricity and how to keep safe, innocent mischief where he and his young friends found themselves in trouble and a very funny story about a pet squirrel.

All in living history accuracy and the wit and wisdom Benjamin Franklin is known for.

For older students such as high school, the stories are augmented to more their relatable tastes. Such as Benjamin Franklin’s very interesting yet stormy relationship as a teenager with his older brother James.

The last segment of the presentation is an opportunity for your students to present questions to Dr Franklin.

Prior to the day Doctor Franklin arrives, have your students write their name, teacher’s name and school name on a standard size index card along with the question they want to ask. When the time comes, have a representative of the group present the stack of cards to Dr Franklin. Doctor Franklin will randomly select a question and acknowledge the student.

In this way, Dr Franklin can more quickly answer questions and get to many more than having students raise hands to be called on (and keep potential chaos to a minimum).

Your students will be thrilled as we will post all their questions at a later time in a special place on this website and give them answers based on Doctor Franklin’s historical writings. A source for your class to discover more about the life of Benjamin Franklin.

Age Appropriate Presentations

A best mix of students is 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade in a presentation. The next best is high school age. 3rd/4th grade mix is quite enjoyable and welcomed by that age. Students that are younger than 3rd grade are generally not best suited for the presentation.

Dr Franklin will adjust his wording differently to the understanding of the age level of your students.

Doctor Franklin keeps the words more simple with younger students and speaks with more mature words to older students. It is always better to not mix wide age groups. However, 5th to 8th grade mix works well. Then 9th to 12th grade high school works just as well.

For high school students, Doctor Franklin speaks about subjects that their age group will find more interesting, such as his tumultuous relationship with his much older brother James.

We suggest having multiple assemblies for various age groups. Also, to have multiple assemblies if there is a large number of students. We do offer large discounts for added assemblies that take place in a serial fashion.

Please Contact us by phone, text or email with any questions and to schedule your school appearance that your students will never forget !

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