Johnny Tremain Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

In the children's novel, 'Johnny Tremain', the titular character is bossy, arrogant, and cruel, until a life changing accident occurs, and he is left destitute. Through some new friends, Johnny learns to treat others with respect and to fight for what he believes in. This lesson plan will show Johnny's transformation, along with the transformation of the new America.

Lesson Objectives

With this lesson, your students will learn to:

  • examine the plot and summary of Johnny Tremain
  • analyze how Johnny changes throughout the novel


About 60 minutes


  • Pencil and paper


  • The activity in this lesson may be best suited to students who have read the story Johnny Tremain.

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Key Terms

  • Johnny Tremain
  • Silversmith
  • Dove
  • Merchant Lyte
  • Cilla
  • Rab
  • Whig


  • Before starting this lesson, ask your class the following question:
    • Have you ever learned a lesson the hard way? What did the lesson cost you?
  • Discuss this for a few minutes then introduce the lesson: Johnny Tremain: Summary & Characters.
  • As a class read Summary of Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Discuss:
    • Why does Dove play the trick on Johnny?
    • What city does Johnny wander around?
    • How does Merchant Lyte treat Johnny?
    • How does Rab influence Johnny?
    • How does Johnny change throughout the novel?
  • Read the remainder of the lesson, answering any remaining questions.

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