Johnny Tremain Character Change

Updated: 4/3/2017
Johnny Tremain Character Change
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Johnny Tremain Lesson Plans

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Lesson Plans by Bridget Baudinet

Johnny Tremain has long been a staple in the classroom. Winner of the 1943 Newbery Medal, the novel is an outstanding example of historical fiction. So successful is author Esther Forbes at bringing to life the people, places, and events leading up to the American Revolution, that the novel is often read in conjunction with the study of the American Revolution in history classes. Some students will derive more lasting knowledge from the vivid adventures of the fictional Johnny Tremain than from any history textbook! Published during WWII, Johnny Tremain shows the way young people are caught up in and shaped by war and the forces of change that it brings. The novel invokes patriotism without glamorizing war and gives a balanced portrayal of the humanity of both sides engaged in the conflict.


Johnny Tremain

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Johnny Tremain Character Evolution in pictures

Storyboard Text

  • HOT-HEADED
  • I doubt even a monkey mother would name a monkey child after you!
  • PATIENT
  • 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.