Johnny Tremain - Study 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 English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Meet Esther Forbes, and learn about her life and literary accomplishments.
Background Information: Discover the rich historical backdrop of early American history, and read about the American Revolution.
Vocabulary: Increase your vocal library and understanding through various activities designed to stimulate retention and vocabulary growth.
Literary Techniques: Examine the literary techniques used in the novel. Use dictionaries to understand language, dig into characterization, predict and analyze outcomes, identify thematic cores to the story, unravel symbolism, and appreciate the settings created by the author.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Study 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: Extend your ELA studies with a selection of additional projects and activities. Lose yourself in word searches. Map key locations within the story. Research the Boston Tea Party and Lexington events. Create timelines and explore the significance of shop signs. Trace genealogy, express ideas through illustrations and poetry, and delve into biographies and essays that will augment your understanding of the novel.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Continue reading more books by Esther Forbes and other books share similarities to, Johnny Tremain.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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

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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Patricia R. on 3rd Dec 2015


    Looks better than our previous curriculum

    I haven't used the unit yet, but I like this so much better than the other one I have. So nice to have a unit that ties into our Christian school curriculum.

  • Posted by Cathy K. on 14th Aug 2014


    Fantastic customer service, quick delivery

    Fantastic customer service, quick delivery