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Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

          Paul Revere's midnight ride lesson will examine the historic ride of Paul Revere and the important Battles at Lexington and Concord that lead to start of the American Revolution. This lesson will used as part of a grade social studies unit on the American Revolution and will build on students' previous knowledge of early American history. Students will have learned previously about Taxation without Representation, the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Intolerable Acts.

      Students will have the opportunity to view famous works of art from the MFA that will illustrate the important people as well as historical engravings and maps representing the places and events of April 19,1775 from the Boston Public Library and Paul Revere House . The works of art will be used as a discussion starter for students to think critically and engage in discussion with one annother. The artwork will also be used as a backdrop for students to act out the historical events following teacher lead instructions and story telling. It is important to note that this lesson was created specifically for a classroom of English language learners. 

Student Content objectives:

Students will be able to explain the importance of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride.

Students will be able to describe what happened at the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

Students will understand the historic significance of April 19,1775.

Student Language objectives:

Students will be able discuss the battles and events that took place on April  18 and 19,1775 that led to the offical start of the American Revolution.


 Big Ideas:

Freedom was important to some of the colonists.

Many famous historical figures risked their lives for independence.

The colonist fought for many years to make America  a free and independent nation.


Essential Questions:

Why was Paul Revere an important person during the American Revolution?

What events led to the start of the American Revolution?

What were the colonist fighting for in the American Revolution?



Additional Resources:

The additional resources included can be used with this lesson and others within the unit of study. 

Lesson Plan- detailed lesson plan to use with MFA Lesson

Map of Paul Revere's Ride- students can label during this lesson 

Video Lesson examined Longfellow's Poem- students can review events of Paul Revere's Ride and then read Longfellow's Poem to compare and contrast with venn diagram

Timeline of Events Leading to American Revolution- students will create a timeline 

Teacher Notes- Background on each of the events as well as interesting facts to share with students






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