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by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1860

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

This piece, written nearly a century after the events occurred, tells the story of Paul Revere, whose ride through greater Boston one night in 1775 helped spark the American Revolution. While not entirely historically accurate, the poem popularized the tale most Americans know today. Told from the perspective of an innkeeper, the poem recounts Revere’s midnight ride as he warns colonists of approaching British soldiers. Written in 1860 when America was on the verge of Civil War, Longfellow intended for the poem to be a call to action, reminding supporters of the northern Union that history favors the courageous.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of America and Honor & Courage as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What makes America unique?" and "What makes a hero?"

Ways to support your child: