Johnny Tremain Vocabulary

Updated: 4/3/2017
Johnny Tremain Vocabulary
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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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  • (adj.) reddish; ruddy; rosy The farmer's ruddy complexion came from years of labor in the wind, rain, and sun.
  • (n.) a fatty, wax-like animal substance used to make candles The man's tallow-colored face looked like it had never seen the sun.
  • (n.) a wooden frame on which condemned people are executed by hanging The hungry boy refused to turn to crime for fear of the gallows.
  • (adj.) hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable Samantha was utterly disconsolate after her beloved dog passed away.