This novel study unit of JOHNNY TREMAIN by Esther Forbes integrates Reading/Language Arts with Social Studies, Drama, and Art. Originally used in grade 5 Academically Gifted reading classes, it is suitable for advanced grade 5 readers and grades 6-8 whole class, guided reading/reading circles, or independent study for homeschoolers. The unit aligns with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL and RI, thanks to the historical information and research provided in the novel by Esther Forbes. Suggestions are provided for dramatization of dialogue to enhance the text and connect to the emotional struggles of the people in Boston prior to the American Revolution. Included in the unit are: an Introduction (detailing the use of the unit), discussion questions, multiple choice tests, test answer key, and activities.
The DISCUSSION provides practice in the understanding and application of reading comprehension strategies/skills (figures of speech, context clues, main idea, character traits, inference, drawing conclusions, mood, author's purpose/craft), metacognitive strategies (connecting, questioning, visualizing, predicting, interpreting, summarizing, evaluating) and grammar/punctuation.
The ACTIVITIES apply metacognitive strategies to the use of graphic organizers (mapping, tree maps, diagrams, timelines, tables/charts, brace and flow maps/charts, etc.). The activities are on-going and held in individual student folders/portfolios to be collected and shared when the novel is completed. A PORTFOLIO CONTENTS sheet is included.
The TESTS assess mastery of Reading/Language Arts skills and strategies, provide practice in the understanding and application of testing strategies, and guide reading instruction to meet the needs of students as indicated by responses.
This 67 page novel study unit may take between one to two months to complete, depending upon the ability of the students. This unit and others can be downloaded from Jan Z's Study Units in the TpT website.