Johnny Tremain: A Book Review

Mark Graham By Mark Graham, 31st Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This will be a book summary of Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. It will also share with the reader how teachers can use it the classroom.

Johnny Tremain: A Book Review

Esther Forbes' "Johnny Tremain" is a historical children's novel. This is a book that I read when I was in elementary school as well as a undergraduate student studying to be a teacher. This is a book that can let you see what it was like to be a young adult during a time in history that really set a precedent for how we solve problems in today's world.

Johnny Tremain is the main character who finds himself in various situations that will affect American citizens during his time as well as for future Americans. This is a story set at the time the England was taxing the colonies from the Tea act to the Stamp Act and all the other taxes that were occurring. Johnny works for Paul Revere and gets to know a lot of famous people, for example John Hancock. He works for the 'Boston Observer' after he injured his hand as a silversmith. He is a young man who was just trying to live the best way he knew how even with the strict rules set by the colony and England.

Johnny Tremain is set in 1773 at the time of the Boston Tea Party. He is in charge of letting the leaders know when special meetings will be held and which he will be a participant in all the action that will be taking place. Johnny Tremain is really just after what is due him just like everyone else.

This novel is a very good book to teach the basics of the history right before the American Revolution, but it can also teach social studies lessons on community and family. I also think it would be a good book to have the students draw out the book as an art project. Each student could draw a scene out of the book and arrange these scenes as they happened. The teacher could also maybe as a music lesson have a sing-a-long of patriotic songs, for example, of course 'Yankee Doodle', 'America' or 'My Country Tis a Thee'. Maybe if allowed the students could also recite the "The Pledge of Allegience" and after each phrase tell the class what that means. I know this could be controversial with the phrase 'Under God' so I would send a permission slip home about the upcoming projects. The pledge does not have to be included unless the teacher can find some way to include this work. It is a part of American history.


American History, British, Colonies, Revolution

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author avatar Mark Graham
I am a graduate student of Children's Literature and have also studied Counseling at the graduate level as well as College teaching and Reading and Literacy. I will be writing on these and my ownideas

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
30th Aug 2015 (#)

Nicely written review.

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author avatar Mark Graham
30th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you. I plan to write more reviews and how they may be used in classrooms.

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