"Those rebels, John and Tom" by Barbara Kerley

Those Rebels, John and Tom - Barbara Kerley, Edwin Fotheringham

An informational children's book that compares and contrasts the founding fathers, John Adams and Tomas Jefferson. These two had very different lives, personalities, and childhoods but did have the same love for the american colonies. This could be used as an integrated history and reading lesson. Students can do a study on John Adams and Tomas Jefferson. They could make a venn diagram of the two and list similarities and differences. 


Interest Level

Grades 2 - 6

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 6.3

Lexile® Measure:AD960L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R


  • Autobiography and Biography

 This link is to an excellent teaching blog. The picture is of a venn diagram that compares two students in the class. You could also do this and have the students compare two characters from a story! I also like how this incorporates art into language arts. -Maggie Smith 2/18/13: