Classroom Lesson: Ben Franklin: Highlighting the Printer
This lesson aligns with National Standards in Economics: Standard 11, Benchmark 1, Grade 4; Standard 13, Benchmark 2 and 5, Grade 8; and Standard 14, Benchmark 1, Grade 4 and Benchmarks 2 and 5, Grade 8.
This lesson aligns with Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Technical Subjects, Grades 6-8.
This lesson aligns with National Standards for History, Grades 5-12, Standard 1: Chronological Thinking.
This lesson aligns with U.S. History Content Standards for Grades 5-12: Era 2, Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763).
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- From the Richmond Fed's general interest magazine Focus: "The Counterfeiting Weapon: Attacks Against American Currency Began in 1776"
- A pamphlet on different kinds of historical U.S. currency, from a 1949 exhibit at the Dallas Fed
- Historical data: Colonial and Pre-Federal Statistics from the 1975 reference book "Historical Statistics of the United States"
- "Ben Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy," a booklet and accompanying lesson on Franklin, money, and inflation in the colonial era.
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