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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paul Revere's Ride: National Poetry Month

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Artist's Rendering of Paul Revere

April 18 marks the 239 anniversary of Paul Revere's ride.

Let your students celebrate the occasion with a poetry reading; red, white and blue snacks; colonial games and a brief history lesson.

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and several other American patriots rode through the countryside of New England to warn the colonists of the arrival of British troops.

Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver and early industrialist.

For a fascinating look at his life and colonial life in 1775, the book Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Hoskins Forbes is an interesting read: "not merely one man riding one horse on a certain lonely night of long ago, but a symbol to which his countrymen can yet turn."

Paul Revere was a dentist as well as a silversmith. Here are 12 interesting facts about Paul Revere your students may not know from

Since April is also National Poetry Month, you could have your students read "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by the well-known poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The poem begins:

Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.

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The poem commemorates Paul Revere's patriotic actions during the American Revolution, although with some inaccuracies.

After reading the poem and discussing the factual version of his ride, see how many of the inaccuracies your students can identify.

Then have your students listen to this reading of the poem complete with historic paintings and the sound of galloping horses.

Next give your students a map and let them find the places Paul Revere and the others rode to and from that night. Finally, have them calculate the distance the riders would have traveled.

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