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  1. Purpose for Reading:

    1. To practice finding main ideas in a reading passage.

    2. Identify personality and morality traits of Benjamin Franklin. What kind of person was he?

    3. Does Franklin fit into the culture of “Rationalism”? How do you know?




from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Annotation Guide: Annotate for details that tell us about who Benjamin Franklin is.

In the evening I found myself very feverish, and went to bed; but, having read somewhere that cold water drunk plentifully was good for a fever, I followed the prescription, and sweat plentifully most of the night. My fever left me, and in the morning, crossing the ferry, I proceeded on my journey on foot, having fifty miles to go to Burlington, where 1 was told I should find boats that would carry me the rest of the way to Philadelphia.http://www.clker.com/cliparts/f/d/e/7/119498958977780800stop_sign_right_font_mig_.svg.hi.png

1). Based on the paragraph that you just read, what have you learned about Ben Franklin so far?

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Annotation Guide:

Annotate for details that tell us about Franklin’s journey. How was it?

- New vocabulary . -Details about Dr. Brown
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It rained very hard all the day; I was thoroughly soaked, and by noon a good deal tired; so I stopped at a poor inn, where I stayed all night; beginning now to wish I had never left home. I made so miserable a figure, too, that I found, by the questions asked me, I was suspected to be some runaway indentured servant, and in danger of being taken up on that suspicion. However, I proceeded next day, and got in the evening to an inn, within eight or ten miles of Burlington, kept by one Dr. Brown. He entered into conversation with me while I took some refreshment, and, finding I had read a little, became very obliging and friendly. Our acquaintance continued all the rest of his life, he had been, I imagine, an ambulatory quack doctor, for there was no town in England, nor any country in Europe, of which he could not give a very particular account. He had some letters, and was ingenious, but he was an infidel, and wickedly undertook, some years after, to turn the Bible into doggerel verse, as Cotton had formerly done with Virgil. By this means he set many facts in a ridiculous light, and might have done mischief with weak minds, if his work had been published; but it never was. http://www.clker.com/cliparts/f/d/e/7/119498958977780800stop_sign_right_font_mig_.svg.hi.png

1). What type of challenges did Franklin encounter in order to see Dr. Brown? What does it say about his character that he endured these challenges?

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2). Based on the context clues, what does the word “ambulatory” mean?

a) rides in an ambulance

b) crazy

c) moving from place to place

d). stationary

3) What are some specific characteristics about Dr. Brown? How does Franklin describe him?




Annotation Guide:

Based on the questions below, decide what you need to annotate for.


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At his house I lay that night, and arrived the next morning at Burlington; but had the mortification to find that the regular boats were gone a little before, and no other expected to go before Tuesday, this being Saturday. Wherefore I returned to an old woman in the town, of whom I had bought some gingerbread to eat on the water, and asked her advice. She proposed to lodge me, till a passage by some other boat occurred. I accepted her offer, being much fatigued by travelling on foot. Understanding I was a printer, she would have had me remain in that town and follow my business; being ignorant what stock was necessary to begin with. She was hospitable, gave me a dinner of ox-cheek with great good-will; and I thought myself fixed till Tuesday should come. However, walking in the evening by the side of the river, a boat came by, which I found was going toward Philadelphia with several people in her. They took me in, and as there was no wind, we rowed all the way; and about midnight, not having yet seen the city, some of the company were confident we must have passed it, and would row no further; the others knew not where we were, so we put toward the shore, got into a creek, landed near an old fence, with the rails of which we made a fire, the night being cold, in October, and there we remained till daylight. Then one of the company knew the place to be Cooper’s Creek, a little above Philadelphia, which we saw as soon as we got out of the creek, and arrived there about eight or nine o’clock on the Sunday morning, and landed at Market-street wharf. http://www.clker.com/cliparts/f/d/e/7/119498958977780800stop_sign_right_font_mig_.svg.hi.png

1). What is Franklin’s current occupation, based on the text?

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2). Describe the journey that Franklin endured to travel to Philadelphia. What does his endurance say about his character?

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Based on the questions below, decide what you need to annotate for.


I have been the more particular in this description of my journey, and shall be so of my first entry into that city, that you may in your mind compare such unlikely beginnings with the figure I have Since made there. I was in my working dress, my best clothes coming round by sea. I was dirty from my being so long in the boat. My pockets were stuffed out with shirts and stockings, and I knew no one, nor where to look for lodging. Fatigued with walking, rowing, and the want of sleep, I was very hungry; and my whole stock of cash consisted in a single dollar, and about a shilling in copper coin, which I gave to the boatmen for my passage. At first they refused it, on account of my having rowed; but I insisted on their taking it. Man is sometimes more generous when he has little money than when he has plenty; perhaps to prevent his being thought to have but little.

1). At this point in the journey, how is Franklin feeling? What specific details led you to that conclusion?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

2). Franklin chooses to give the boatman a shilling after his journey. Why is this a significant point in the story? What does this say about Franklin’s character? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3). “Man is sometimes more generous when he has little money than when he has plenty; perhaps to prevent his being thought to have but little”. Franklin makes this comment at the end of the paragraph. Why do you think Franklin brings this to the attention of the reader? What is he trying to tell us?


Annotation Guide:

Based on the questions below, decide what you need to annotate for.


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I walked toward the top of the street, gazing about till near Market Street, where I met a boy with bread. I had often made a meal of dry bread, and, inquiring where he had bought it, I went immediately to the baker’s he directed me to. I asked for biscuits, meaning such as we had at Boston; that sort, it seems, was not made in Philadelphia. I then asked for a threepenny loaf, and was told they had none. Not knowing the different prices, nor the names of the different sorts of bread, I told him to give me threepenny worth of any sort. He gave me accordingly three great puffy rolls. I was surprised at the quantity, but took it, and, having no room in my pockets, walked off with a roll under each arm, and eating the other. Thus I went up Market Street as far as Fourth Street, passing by the door of Mr. Read, my future wife’s father; when she, standing at the door, saw me, and thought I made, as I certainly did a most awkward, ridiculous appearance. Then I turned, and went down Chestnut Street and part of Walnut Street, eating my roll all the way; and, coming round, found myself again at Market-street wharf, near the boat I came in, to which I went for a draught of the river water; and, being filled with one of my rolls, gave the other two to a woman and her child that came down the river in the boat with us, and were waiting to go farther.

1). Based on Franklin’s choice to give the rolls to the woman and her child, what can you say about Franklin’s character?

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Annotation Guide:

Based on the questions below, decide what you need to annotate for.


Thus refreshed, I walked again up the street, which, by this time, had many clean-dressed people in it, who were all walking the same way. I joined them, and thereby was led into the great meetinghouse of the Quakers, near the market I sat down among them, and, after looking round a while, and hearing nothing said, being very drowsy through labour and want of rest the preceding night, I fell fast asleep, and continued so till the meeting broke up, when someone was kind enough to rouse me. This, therefore, was the first house I was in, or slept in, in Philadelphia.

1). What is one observation that you can make about Franklin’s writing style? Do you think he would fit in at the time of Rationalism? Why?

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1). Identify the main ideas in a reading passage.

2). Identify personality and morality traits of Benjamin Franklin.



What kind of person was he?

3). Does Franklin fit into the culture of “Rationalism”? How do you know?


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