Persuasive Speech Project

Using Ben Franklin's Aphorisms to Suggest Life Change

Ben Franklin's Aphorisms... is that some kind of disease????

What is an Aphorism? It is a short, easily quotable statement of general truth. It can be similar to a resolve in that many are miniature "lessons to live by." Just as Jonathon Edward's is associated with resolutions, Benjamin Franklin is associated with aphorisms. Take a look at the chart by CLICKING HERE before continuing to the next page.
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Poor Richard’s Almanac by: Ben Franklin

· Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.

· Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

· Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.

· Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

· Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

· God helps them that help themselves.

· The rotten apple spoils his companions.

· An open foe may prove a curse; but a pretended friend is worse.

· Have you something to do tomorrow, do it today.

· A true friend is the best possession.

· No gains without pains.

· ‘Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

· Well done is better than well said.

· Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.

· Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

· A slip of the foot may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

· If your head is wax, don’t walk in the sun.

· A good example is the best sermon.

· Hunger is the best pickle.

· Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

· For want of a nail the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe the horse is lost; for want of a horse the rider is lost.

· Haste makes waste.

· The doors of wisdom are never shut.

· Love your neighbor; yet don’t pull down your hedge.

· He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

Now for your Project!


Objective: To create both a written essay, and a video presentation persuading your audience to either follow/or NOT follow one of the aphorisms of Ben Franklin.

Steps in this Task:

1) Select one of Ben Franklin's aphorisms that you can either support with 3 reasons why people should follow what that aphorism suggests (or 3 reasons why they shouldn't).

2) Find the "Persuasive Speech Project" document in your google drive folder for this class ( account). It will guide you to write a five paragraph essay in which you use all 3 FORMS OF PERSUASION (Ethos, Pathos, Logos) at least one time each to persuade your audience to either follow or not follow the aphorism you chose. You will be turning in your project on the document you found in your google drive.

3) You will present this information to myself and a group of classmates in video form. Yes, you need to video yourself and share it with us. This is NOT a video of you reading the essay to us. Notecards are fine, but we need your eye contact. This shouldn't be word from word from your essay (don't memorize anything). This is your time to formally (limit the "ummmm...", or looking at the ceiling as much as possible) tell us what you kow, and convince us using ethos, pathos, and logos. You can put your video on any protected program that will give you a URL in which to share (YouTube, Bambuser, Vimeo, Dropbox....). You will turn in that link on the bottom of the essay document for me to see, but you will also turn that link in for your group responses on the next page of the Week 12 unit.