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Topic: Thoughts on Johnny Tremain?

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Subject: Thoughts on Johnny Tremain?
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 10:11 PM ET
Member Since: 7/9/2009
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I'm a sixth grade reading teacher and I'm reading this book to see if I should use it next year. Is it just me, or is it boring? I've heard it's such a great classic, and the beginning was really good, but now I can barely bring myself to finish it.

Does anyone have any suggestions/thoughts on reading level? Do you think sixth graders can read and understand it? It has such great historical background that I'd love to use it. I just want to make sure the level is appropriate.


Date Posted: 7/26/2009 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
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When I was in school, I think we read it in 4th or 5th grade, definitely no later.  I loved it.

BTW - I love your sig quote.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 11:52 PM ET
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I love this book so much, and on so many different levels.  I read it for the first time probably in 5th grade and think it would be great for 6th grade.

I think it might lead to so many interesting discussions with 6th graders today, not just on the history.  There's also the issue of bullying (the other apprentices), empathy, overcoming obstacles. 

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 11:53 PM ET
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I read this in sixth grade for school, and I loved it.  I've read it a few times since.