by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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To His Excellency, General Washington
- Phillis Wheatley
Written by Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784), a former slave and the first published African-American female poet in U.S. history, it is an ode to the future first president, commending his achievements as general in the American Revolutionary War.Pair “Paul Revere’s Ride” with “To His Excellency George Washington” and ask students to compare these poems about Revolutionary-era figures. What effect does the time difference of when they were written have on the overall pieces?
The Children's Hour
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow’s poem “The Children’s Hour” describes the life of the poet’s own three daughters.Pair “The Children’s Hour” with “Paul Revere’s Ride” for students to compare texts by the same author. How is Longfellow’s style reflected in the poems’ forms?
Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin
- David White
This article summarizes the life of American general Benedict Arnold and how his name has become synonymous with treason and betrayal.Pair “Paul Revere’s Ride” with “Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin” and ask students to discuss how these two Revolutionary men are remembered in United States history. What values do they represent in American culture and history?
The Road to American Independence
- Jessica McBirney
In “The Road to American Independence,” the text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.Pair “Paul Revere’s Ride” with “The Road to American Independence” and ask students to discuss the legacy of the America Revolutionary War. Why do you think the author forgoes mentioning Paul Revere’s ride in “The Road to American Independence”? How significant do you think this ride was in the revolution—enough to be remembered in a poem?
- Barbara Radner
“Honest Abe” describes the famous, storied honesty of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.Pair “Honest Abe” with “Paul Revere’s Ride” and have students consider the historical context for each tale. What does the former text suggest about Lincoln’s leadership abilities? Do you think it implies that he was a good choice to lead the country during its identity crisis? What does the poem suggest about the historical backdrop of Lincoln’s presidency? Do you think the urgency of the time period demanded that someone with Lincoln’s moral compass act as a leader?
The Signers of the Declaration: Historical Background
- National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
In the informational text, “The Signers of the Declaration: Historical Background,” the author discusses the events leading up to the War for Independence.Pair “Paul Revere’s Ride” with “The Signers of the Declaration: Historical Background” to provide students with a poem about the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Ask students to discuss the significance of Paul Revere’s actions that night. How did all of the American colonists show bravery when they challenged the Crown?