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Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Teacher Guide by Elizabeth Pedro

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The famous narrative poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describes the midnight ride of Paul Revere to warn the American farmers and villagers that the British were coming to attack. This poem is the origin of the famous saying one if by land two if by sea.

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A Quick Synopsis of the"Paul Revere’s Ride"(Contains Plot Spoilers)

On April 18th, 1875, Paul Revere went on his famous midnight ride. Revere said to his friend, “If the British march by land or by sea tonight, hang a lantern to signify how they are traveling: one if by land two if by sea.” Revere waited on the opposite shore ready to ride and spread the news to all the villages and farms: they will be ready to fight and not caught by surprise.

Paul Revere silently rowed to the opposite shore and waited while the moon rose and the Somerset, a British ship, moved through the water.

Meanwhile, Revere’s friend eagerly watches and listens. He quietly climbs the tower of the Old North Church looking down below at the churchyard. All of a sudden something catches his attention in the distance: it is a line of boats heading toward the shore.

Paul Revere is impatient to ride and stares at the Old North Church waiting for a signal; he sees a glimmer of light and jumps onto his horse. He waits a moment longer, staring at the same place until he sees a second lamp burning.

Paul Revere and his steed fly fearlessly through the night, knowing that the nation relies on them. At midnight, Revere passes the Mystic River and crosses the bridge into Medford town. At 1 A.M., he gallops into Lexington and by 2 A.M., he enters Concord town. Farmers were ready and fought the British off, chasing the Red Coats away, only stopping to reload their muskets.

So, through the night Paul Revere rode his steed, and in doing so alerted every village and farm to be ready. This message will forever be remembered.


Essential Questions for "Paul Revere’s Ride”

  1. How can people promote freedom?
  2. Why is it important to feel patriotic about your country?
  3. How would the Americans feel after winning the battle at Lexington and Concord?

Paul Revere's Ride Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Figurative Language


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“Paul Revere’s Ride” has many examples of figurative language, including personification, simile, and metaphor. In this activity, students can display their understanding of figurative language by identifying the examples and creating a literal or figurative portrayal of the language.

Examples of Figurative Language in "Paul Revere's Ride"

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Personification Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas The watchful night-wind, as it went;
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
Simile A comparison using 'like' or 'as' A phantom ship, with each mast and spar;
Across the moon like a prison bar
Metaphor An implied comparison between two things And the spark struck out, by that steed, in his flight;
Kindled the land into flame with its heat

Paul Revere's Ride - Figurative Language

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows three examples of figurative language in “Paul Revere’s Ride”.


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. Identify use of figurative language in the text.
  3. Put the type of figurative language (such as simile or metaphor) in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.



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Tone of Paul Revere's Ride Poem

In this activity, students will identify and illustrate the tone in the text.

Example 1: Horror

“And the meeting-house windows,

blank and bare,

Gaze at him with a spectral glare,

As if they already stood aghast

At the bloody work they would look upon”

Example 2: Gloomy

“A phantom ship, with each mast and spar

Across the moon like a prison bar,”

Example 3: Hopeful

“The fate of a nation was riding that night;

And the spark struck out

by that steed, in his flight,

Kindled the land into flame with its heat.”

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Paul Revere's Ride Poem Vocabulary


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In this activity, students demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words using a Frayer Model. After choosing a word, students provide a definition, characteristics, examples (synonyms), and non-examples (antonyms) of the word. Students may be provided the vocabulary words, or they can use words that they have discovered through their reading of the text.

This example uses the word somber:

  • Definition: gloomy, depressing, or dismal
  • Characteristics: The belfry tower of the Old North Church, As it rose above the graves on the hill, Lonely and spectral and somber and still.
  • Examples: bleak, dark, solemn, mournful
  • Non-examples: bright, cheerful, encouraging, hopeful, lively
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Student Instructions

Create a Frayer Model for one of the vocabulary words from "Paul Revere's Ride".


  1. Choose a vocabulary word and type it into the center title box.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary and enter it into the description box under Definition.
  3. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the Definition cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  4. Think of at least three characteristics that help expand the meaning beyond the definition.
  5. Provide written and visual examples of the word.
  6. Provide written and visual non-examples of the word.



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Structural Elements of a Poem

In this activity students will identify the structural components of the poem including stanzas and lines. Students will also determine the rhyme scheme and the meaning of the stanza.

The example provided is for stanza one.

  • Lines: 4

  • Rhyme Scheme: A: “Revere”, B: “Five”, B: “alive”, A: “year”

  • Meaning: There isn’t a man alive who remembers April 18, 1875, the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

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