Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
America’s Paul Revere by Esther Forbes
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
How to Be a Revolutionary War Soldier by Thomas Ratliff
Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War by Benson Bobrick
You will also need to use encyclopedias or the internet and an atlas.
The following suggestions are starting points. Dig deeper into any subject in which your children show an interest.
I. Up and About
1: Vocabulary: apprentice, penetrate, artisan.
What is the setting of the book? Find Boston on a map. Find Hancock’s wharf on a Boston map.
2: Vocabulary: venerable, pious.
Look up verses in the Bible about pride and humility using a topical Bible. Do Humble Character Study.
3: Vocabulary: diligent, breeches, arrogantly.
Mr. Lapham doesn’t seem to have good organizational skills. Why is it important to remember instructions accurately? What can you do to remember instructions? Who is Mr. Hancock?
4: Vocabulary: enormous, basin.
Look at some silver pieces. Turn them over to see the marks on them. Design your own silversmith’s mark.
5: Vocabulary: replica, wharf, kinship.
Johnny is telling tall tales about Merchant Lyte. What is a tall tale?
6: Vocabulary: twilight, evidently, strikingly.
Does your family have a crest or motto? If not, design one.
II. The Pride of Your Power
1: Vocabulary: garlands, unexpired, crucibles, slavishly.
Read a biography about Paul Revere.
2: Vocabulary: tyranny, tediously, mundane.
Mr. Lapham says that it is better to break faith with Mr. Hancock than with the Lord. Debate this statement. Can you find Bible verses to back your position?
3: Vocabulary: fascinated, plunged, poultice, slavishly.
Was Dove justified in trying to teach Johnny a lesson? Learn the proper first aid procedures for a burn.
4: Vocabulary: linseed, venerable, ulceration, idleness.
How did Johnny’s injury change the way he thought of idle time? How did it change the way he saw Hancock’s Wharf? Discuss how people with disabilities should be treated.
5: Vocabulary: glint, cooper, extravagance.
Learn about the different trades of the time and choose a trade you think Johnny could learn. Pretend you are Johnny and write down what you could say to a potential master to convince him to apprentice you.
III. An Earth of Brass
1: Vocabulary: flourish, loiter, spyglass.
Choose a trade or use the one you chose in the previous exercise. Design what the sign above the door of that shop would look like.
2: Vocabulary: bachelor, clasp, gumption.
Discuss name calling. How much damage can it do?
3: Vocabulary: rakish, perpendicular, mortgage.
4: Vocabulary: tormented, squab, hysterical.
Did Johnny use his money wisely?
5: Vocabulary: orchard, penthouse, cobbles.
Trace the route on a Boston map.
IV. The Rising Eye
1: Vocabulary: ruddy, sanctuary, quivered.
2: Vocabulary: exuberant, translucent.
Find out what the Stamp Act was.
3: Vocabulary: spinet, suited, apparition.
What were jails like in the 1770’s?
4: Vocabulary: turnkey, imposter, perturbed.
Learn more about the Sons of Liberty.
5: Vocabulary: passionate, indenture, sensation.
How was a courtroom different then from today?
V. The Boston Observer
1: Vocabulary: noble, courtly, suave.
What do you think of Mr. Lyte’s character?
2: Vocabulary: stirrup, reveled, opposition.
Read about learning how to ride a horse.
3: Vocabulary: yoke, gumption, residence.
4: Vocabulary: prophesies, customary, imperturbable.
How did Johnny’s personality change? Was it a good change? What unexpected benefits did it bring?
VI. Salt-Water Tea
While reading this next section, complete the Boston Tea Party Lapbook.
1: Vocabulary: inflammatory, habitually, wiry.
2: Vocabulary: tyranny, shillings
3: Vocabulary: consignees, grievances, assembled.
4: Vocabulary: nerveless.
5: Vocabulary: persevered, treasonable, enchantment.
6: Vocabulary: countersign, utterly, seized.
VII. The Fiddler’s Bill
1: Vocabulary: paroxysm, gesticulating, provincials.
Finish the consequences part of the lapbook.
2: Vocabulary: inhabitants, tyrant, forlorn
Find out about the Minute Men. Where did they train? What did they wear? What were their weapons like?
3: Vocabulary: territory, sidling, commandeer.
What can you find out about spies during the Revolutionary War?
4: Vocabulary: hypocrite, threshold, suet.
What did Johnny learn about revenge and holding a grudge?
5: Vocabulary: monstrous, impudent, contradict.
Compare the character qualities of Miss Lavinia, Isannah, and Cillia.
VIII. A World to Come
1: Vocabulary: befitted, chaise.
2: Vocabulary: generations, genealogy, bayonet.
Johnny finds his family tree. Look at your family tree, or start writing down your own.
3: Vocabulary: friction, hilarity.
4: Vocabulary: piqued, quarrel.
5: Vocabulary: placate, refugee.
What is the Continental Congress?
IX. The Scarlet Deluge
1: Vocabulary: befuddled, allay
Find out how much spying helped the Whig’s cause.
2: Vocabulary: enmity, cultivate, garrulous.
3: Vocabulary: stoically, flogging.
Find out about the weapons most of the Minute Men had compared to the British weapons.
4: Vocabulary: provincials, dilatory, ferocious.
5: Vocabulary: ravenously, inadequacy.
Find out what both armies did to deserters.
X. ‘Disperse, Ye Rebels!’
1: Vocabulary: grenadier, florid, ardor.
2: Vocabulary: disconsolately, glumly.
3: Vocabulary: jubilee, flasks.
4: Vocabulary: punctilious, dilapidated, embarkation.
Read about Paul Revere’s midnight ride.
XI. Yankee Doodle
1: Vocabulary: haggard, lenient.
Read about the Battle of Lexington.
2: Vocabulary: inhabitants, shrewder, animosity.
3: Vocabulary: glibly, jubilation, skulking.
4: Vocabulary: insurrection, chisel, diffidently.
5: Vocabulary: impersonating, mischievously.
XII. A Man Can Stand Up
1: Vocabulary skirmish.
Learn about the medical practices of the 1770’s. How did they heal their wounded?
2: Vocabulary: munitions.
3: Vocabulary: belfry, surfeited.
4: Vocabulary: jumbled, disconsolately.
5: Vocabulary: elegant, unalterably.
Read more about the Revolutionary War.