ACTIVITY FOR LESSON THREE
The Albany Congress
Introduction: Benjamin Franklin has come to the Albany Congress as a delegate, therefore he is involved in every aspect of this important treaty gathering. Normally, he would have reported the events of this gathering himself and published them in his paper, Poor Richard's Almanac. Even though he is too busy to write about the Albany Congress himself, he knows from past experience that an account of this gathering will have great appeal for his readers.
Directions: Imagine your team has been hired by Benjamin Franklin to write an article about the Albany Congress for Poor Richard's Almanac. Follow this link to Albany to learn more about the city. When your team is researching this article, remember, Poor Richard's was a popular paper of the day and the readers of this publication would be interested in getting a "behind the scenes" look at what has been happening at Albany. Just as you did in Activity One and Two, you will need to visit the other character sites in order to get the most complete understanding of what was happening behind the scenes during this treaty gathering. Use this Timeline to give students a frame of reference.
Here are some questions you might want to consider when you are researching your article:
Note: The table below is adapted from information available on the Colonial Williamsburg History Website. <http://www.history.org/history/>
CONSIDER THESE FACTS OF LIFE
These are averages from the
mid- to late-1700s
|women||5' 2" (161.0 cm.)|
|men||5' 6" (172.6 cm.)|
|nonslaveholder family||3 whites|
|slaveholder family||4.5 whites|
|slaves per household||5 blacks|
|AGE AT DEATH|
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