Benjamin Franklin (history) Vocabulary Word List (166)

A)Abolition, Abroad, Adage, Adroit, Advancement, Advice, Affluence, Almanac, American, Anonymous, Answers, Apprentice, Athlete, Author, Authority, Autobiography
B)Beloved, Bifocal glasses, Bioluminescent, British, Businessman
C)Candle maker, Celebrate, Charm, Citizen, Clever, Colonies, Concoct, Conscience, Conservation, Contributions, Controversial, Creative, Curiosity
D)Daylight-savings-time, Debtor, Defender, Demeanor, Denigration, Design, Destiny, Dilettante, Diplomat, Discoveries, Discussion, Dissident, Drama
E)Eccentric, Editor, Electricity, Energetic, Epigram, Era, Essays, Essential, Establish, Experiment, Eyesight
F)Fashionable, Fellow, Fighting, Flirt, Founder, Founding Father, Four-sided music stand, France, Freethinker, Funds
G)Gadget, Genius, Gifted, Glass armonica, Governing, Government, Guitar
H)Hail, Harp, Heat conduction, Historian, Humorist
I)Image, Immortalize, Interpret, Invention, Inventor
K)Keen, Key, Kite
L)Leader, Lending, Libraries, Light, Lightening, Lightening rods, Limited government, Lore
M)Manuscript, Medicine, Mistrust, Motion, Multifaceted, Multiplicity, Musician
N)Negotiate, Newspaper
O)Obnoxious, Observation, Odometer, Offensive
P)Patriot, Pertinent, Philosopher, Pleasure, Praise, Prankster, Prescient, Printer, Pseudonym, Publish
Q)Query, Question, Quip, Quipster
R)Rebel, Religion, Reputation, Reverence, Revolutionary, Righteous
S)Sage, Satirist, Sayings, Scientist, Seek, Self-made, Silence Dogood, Statesman, Statesmanship, Success, Swimmer
T)Thinker, Timeless, Tinker, Tradition, Traveler, Tribute, Triumph
V)Vain, Vigor, Violin, Virtue, Volunteer, Voyage
W)Wisdom, Wise, Wit, Worldly, Writer
X)Xenophile, Xenophobia
Z)Zeal, Zealous
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Quotes by Benjamin Franklin:
"Penny saved, penny earned"
"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."
"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out."
"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."
"Fish and visitors stink in three days"
"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."
"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move."
"Energy and persistence conquer all things."
"Eat to live, and not live to eat."
"Never confuse motion with action."
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."
"The things which hurt, instruct"
"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
"Diligence is the mother of good luck."
"We hold these truths to be self evident"
"When you're finished changing, you're finished."
"A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed."
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
"Well done is better than well said."
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." (The expression Franklin used in 1789 was borrowed from one of his favorite writers, Daniel Defoe. Defoe wrote the novel Robinson Crusoe. The original comment was "Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed."

Benjamin Franklin Lesson Plan and Discussion Ideas:
Benjamin Franklin was a man who accomplished much. Historians note his curiosity and passion that span a range of topics. Yes, he was an inventor, a writer, a publisher, a diplomat, and a Founding Father of the United States.
Some of his inventions include the Franklin stove, the lightning rod and bifocals. He established the first public library, organized fire fighters in Philadelphia and supported mutual insurance. As a citizen and diplomat, he made eight trips across the Atlantic.

1. Complete research to explain why Benjamin Franklin is considered a great statesman, a writer, a scientist and inventor.
2. What kinds of material did Benjamin Franklin either write or publish? Did he always use his own name? Why? Why not?
3. Benjamin Franklin earned the reputation as a scientist. What experiments are worthy of merit?
4. Compile a list of his inventions and briefly describe their utility. offers more than 730 word lists. To see more word lists, please go to the home page for word games, interactive worksheets, word puzzles and themed content that align with Common Core Standards. 2500 pages of free content are available only online. There are no fees.!