Johnny Tremain - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 6-8

Setting: Boston, 1770s

Genre: American Revolution, Historical

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 11 weeks

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In colonial Boston, proud, orphaned, quick-tempered Johnny Tremain works as an apprentice to Mr. Lapham, a master silversmith who is now getting on in years. More clever and skilled than the other two apprentices living at the Laphams', Johnny has the run of the Lapham household. His future seems secure: when he is old enough, Johnny will marry Priscilla Lapham, one of old Mr. Lapham's granddaughters, and inherit the silversmith shop. There he will live out his years, fashioning silver cups and basins and other fine ware for the well-to-do of Boston society. However, fate or providence has different plans for Johnny Tremain. When his hand is injured and he is unable to continue his duties as apprentice silversmith, he finds work as a courier for a secret network of revolutionaries, and suddenly finds himself caught up in the struggle for American Independence.

Progeny Press' Johnny Tremain Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Uncover the life and literary legacy of Esther Forbes.
Background Information: Discover the rich historical context of early American history and the tumultuous era of the American Revolution, providing a backdrop for the events in the novel.
Vocabulary: Improve your understanding of the novel's language through a variety of activities designed to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore the various literary techniques employed in the novel, from consulting dictionaries to understand language nuances, delving into characterization, predicting and analyzing outcomes, identifying themes, unraveling symbolism, and immersing in the vivid settings created by the author.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss dynamics of authority and rebellion, the power of forgiveness, the concept of rebirth, the influence of Christianity, the pitfalls of pride, the pursuit of equality, and the impact of war on individuals and societies.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in word searches, map key locations, delve into the Boston Tea Party and Lexington events, create timelines, explore the significance of shop signs, trace genealogy, express ideas through illustrations and poetry, and delve into biographies and essays that enhance the understanding of the novel.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes.

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Book Awards:
Newbery Medal Winner 1944 • Pulitzer Prize for History: winning author
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    4 Reviews

  • Posted by Sarah on 13th Jan 2021


    Johnny Tremain

    We loved this great study guide. It facilitated discussion and was great to use.

  • Posted by Isabel G. on 3rd Nov 2015


    Very nice literature curriculum. Love

    Very nice literature curriculum. Love it!

  • Posted by Molly M. on 4th Feb 2015


    Love these study guides!

    Love these study guides! Very thorough. Good introduction for the reader and parent, reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, as well as related writing exercises and background reading. A few of these study guides per school year and I have more than covered our "language arts/grammar/reading comprehension" and even some composition. We are using them for 8th grade currently. Very likely will use them in high school as well. Very satisfied!

  • Posted by Jennifer T. on 25th Aug 2014


    Great questions... nice help too

    Great questions... nice help to teachers!