Turkey vs. Eagle
Can you imagine Thanksgiving without turkey?
Well, if Benjamin Franklin had it his way we may not be eating turkey for Thanksgiving at all! According to a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote to his daughter in 1784 he wanted to make the wild turkey, not the bald eagle, the national bird of the United States!
What did Ben Franklin see in the plump wild turkey besides a delectable dinner? According to his letter he clearly did not think the bald eagle was an appropriate candidate to represent the Unites States. He claimed the eagle was a lazy thief, and a coward.
Do you agree with Ben Franklin?
Use World Book online to research a few facts about eagles or wild turkeys.
What facts support your opinion?
Write a 3-5 sentence paragraph stating your opinion. Be sure to explain your facts in your own words.