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 www.history.com.
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