Johnny Tremain Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] 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
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] 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
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/5] Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example Johnny Tremain Plot Diagram
Johnny Tremain is an apprentice to Mr. Lapham, a Boston silversmith. The whole Lapham family admires Johnny for his talents and intelligence. Johnny is proud of his abilities and confidently plans to take over his master's shop and marry Cilla Lapham in a few years.
When Johnny burns his hand in a silversmithing accident, his life falls apart. His future as a silversmith is over, his betrothal to Cilla is canceled, and his position in the Lapham household sinks rapidly.
Johnny begins a new life living with the Lornes and working with the Sons of Liberty. He participates in the Boston Tea Party and supports the Patriots' cause as a paperboy and messenger.
The first battle of the Revolutionary War is fought at Lexington and Concord. There is no turning back.
After the battle, Johnny searches all over for Rab. Shortly after Johnny locates him, Rab dies of a battle wound.
Johnny takes Rab's gun and learns from Dr. Warren that his hand can be fixed. Johnny is ready to take Rab's place and fight for a new nation.