Activity Overview

Johnny Tremain is a strongly dynamic character who matures significantly over the novel’s two-year span. Students should be able to identify ways that Johnny changes and incidents that illustrate this change. Storyboarding can be an excellent way to identify and depict these moments. In a brief two-cell storyboard, students can show a “before and after” pair, identifying one of Johnny’s early character qualities and the way it develops over time. Expanding the assignment to include multiple pairs can be helpful preparation for writing assignments on character development.

Character Change in Johnny Tremain


Early in the book, Johnny gets angry easily and shouts out rude and insulting comments. When he insults Mr. Lyte in anger, he makes a powerful enemy.


After living with Rab, Johnny learns patience. When Sam Adams's servant Sukey splashes water on Johnny, he counts to ten before getting angry. As a result, he is invited inside for pie.

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 5 (Advanced / Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Development

Common Core Standards
  • [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/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
  • [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

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