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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact vs. Fiction Camp

Wendy Shapard
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(117)
Read Longfellow's thrilling poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," discover the facts behind the fiction, and read what happened in Paul Revere's own words!

Class experience

Students will understand Longfellow's poem and some of the literary devices the poet uses to affect the reader. Next students will learn the true story of the Midnight Ride and discuss why the fictional account has had so much power over the public imagination. Finally, students will read Paul Revere's firsthand account and discuss the use of primary sources.
As a lover of poetry and of history, Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" has long been a favorite of mine, and I have found that the vivid imagery of the poem makes it an excellent choice for students who may have had little experience with poetry before. Also, many students enjoy being let in on the secret and  learning the real story behind the scenes. Finally, the existence of Paul Revere's first-hand account gives us the opportunity to travel back in time to one of the most important moments in American history.
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A worksheet with a copy of the poem, a historical timeline, and Revere's firsthand account will be provided for students to print out. Students should have a writing implement for taking notes. Students may also want to have a set of colored pencils or crayons handy for sketching.
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The poem includes a few bits of spooky imagery, and the historical facts lead to the first armed battles of the Revolutionary War. Revere's account also includes some threatening language directed at him from the soldiers who captured him that night.
Wendy Shapard
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(117)
My name is Wendy Shapard, and I have always loved learning. My mother is a mathematician, and my father is a scientist. I studied English and teaching in college and grad school, and I like studying history just for fun. I became a teacher because... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
4x per week, 1 week
55 min

Completed by 124 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
1-8 learners per class

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