Celebrate Independence Day with JOHNNY TREMAIN

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 Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes


June 25, 2020 –  Ages 8-13 – Limited Availability

This winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children [about] the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy riding for the patriotic newspaper The Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington.     — Amazon 

We’ll teach this great book to your kids in our fun, experiential workshop!

It’s like a field trip through Johnny Tremain!

We’ll spend three sensory, creative hours doing what the characters and author did,  and learning all kinds of valuable lessons from them!  Kids have a blast opening their LitWits Kits boxes in class, removing each item step by step in a “slow reveal,” as we talk, work, and play our way through the story’s narrative arc.

In this workshop on Johnny Tremain, kids will explore pre-Revolution Boston as they landmark an old map with textural symbols, design and create their own hallmark, nibble friendship fare, write persuasively, and concoct their own poultices–all while learning history, geography, creative writing techniques, and more!


The Star-Spangled Details

Ages:  8-13

When: Thursday, June 25 – your choice of AM (9am-12pm PST) or PM (1pm-4pm PST)

Format:  We’ll do this on Zoom, which has been working GREAT so far! Trust us, those three hours just–well, zoom by.  And yes the kids will get to stretch, and do some things away from the screen.  Our meetings are password-protected, and we’ve taken precautions to prevent intrusions.

Prep:  None!  About 10 days prior, we’ll ship a LitWits Kit (a box containing the book and workshop supplies) to each registered child; all s/he needs to do is read the book (or listen to it). The confirmation email will include the Zoom link and other details.

Cost:  $65 for one child, or $55 if you’re registering more than one in the same session. Cost includes a LitWits Kit of everything needed for your child to participate. The box will contain:

  • the book (unpack this, then set the box aside until the workshop)
  • a personalized note to your child
  • narrative arc and creative writing worksheets
  • a book-related, nut-free snack
  • all project materials and supplies except the most basic (like crayons and scissors)
  • anything else we decide to add at the last minute!

This workshop is nonrefundable, as we’re already within 30 days.

. . . OR you can teach it yourself, with our LitWits Kit supplies and Explorer’s Guide!

Want to TIY? We’ll make it easy and fun!

The same LitWits Kits of supplies and materials that we send to our workshop kids can be purchased for $39 each, including first class shipping and handling. Your LitWits Kit(s) will ship no later than June 15th; please note that kit orders are nonrefundable. Once we’ve finished teaching, we’ll send you our fine-tuned, kid-tested workshop agenda.

Besides your LitWits Kit(s),  you’ll get FREE access to The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Johnny Tremain, an $18 value. It’s a private web page packed with everything we did in our live workshop for this book, before the virus sent us online.  There are a few things in there we can’t do via Zoom, but you can do them at home.  The guide (which includes a printable version) will give you more fun activity ideas, worksheets, discussion starters, prop suggestions, and links to audiovisual and learning resources.

If you enjoy gathering your own supplies (we sure do!) or are keeping an eye on costs (we sure are!) you can just buy access to the guide, of course.


Option 1:  Register Your Child for the Workshop

All supplies are included! Fill out the form below, and click REGISTER. You’ll get a confirmation email with everything else you need to know.  This workshop is nonrefundable, as we’re already within 30 days.

We're sorry--this workshop is full. Please check our calendar for future workshops!

Option 2:  Order TIY Supplies

Fill out the form below, and click ORDER.  You’ll get a confirmation email with more information and your coupon code.  This order is nonrefundable.