School Shows

Ben Franklin: America’s First Citizen

with Patrick Garner in association with TheatreworksUSA

Grades 1-6

Bring history to life for your students! Patrick Garner leads the way as students have an opportunity to take the stage with one of our founding fathers. Join Benjamin Franklin as he demonstrates how self-discipline, inquiry, public service, and a genuine love of life led to international fame and the gratitude of an entire nation.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Common Core Content Standards Easily Applied in Your Classroom

  • 2.RI.3: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • 4.RI.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • 6.RI.3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Lesson Plan Idea

In groups, students identify an issue or need at their school, create a unique solution, and present their idea to the class.


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Email Chrystie Prokopakis, School and Family Coordinator, or call 707.800.7504.

Event Information

New date:
Monday, February 5, 2017
60 minutes

Set the Stage

Prepare your students for their trip to the theater with these free resource materials.

*Coming soon!