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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry…

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Other authors: Christopher Bing (Illustrator)

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This book would be read-aloud as an interactive read aloud. With fifth grade students, this book could be used to practice map-reading. The students could look at a simplified map of the United States. They could then, according to the book and additional research, trace the path Paul Revere took and do reserach on the places that he rode through. They could then, in groups, create representations of their research and present them to the class. In a fourth grade class room, students could choose another great American leader, hero from the 1700s - 1800s. They could research them, write down their research, and present their information to the class. They could make a timeline of their chosen person's life and even choose to dress up like that person when presenting the information.
  kkminime | Apr 18, 2017 |
I would use this book as a class read with 5th grade because they will be learning about this content, which is too high for younger grades. I would use it as a class read so all the students would have their own book and could see the illustrations and how they relate to the text.
  brandi3325 | Apr 11, 2017 |
I loved this historical fiction book for the fact that it is set up in poetry verses! It is so much fun to read and you're learning about the American Revolution at the same time. Historical fiction is not an easy genre to read because it is not as appealing to students as other genres do, however, this book does the job. I also liked this book for the fact that it can appeal to all ages. It may be difficult for younger readers to read and understand but they can still get the gist and learn some history out of it. This book is a great replacement of text book reading. The illustrations are also beautifully done. It sets the mood and really takes you back in time. The illustrator uses paintings with warm and natural tones. However, the only thing I did not necessarily like about this book was the fact that some of the verses lose their rhythm. It sounds as if the sentence is really dragged out. This occurs more when the story progresses. This could result in attention loss of the students. However, the pictures are still there for the students to look at so if they get lost they can refer back to those. This is a great book to read turing social studies. Teachers can do a lot with learning about not only Paul Revere but also other aspects of the American Revolution.
  brittanyyelle | Dec 2, 2015 |
A classic poem accompanied by beautiful illustrations. As as kid I loved learning about the early stages of the American Revolution and still do today. This book would be great within a unit on the American Revolution to engage students and at higher levels students could analyze the poem, research the author and conduct image analysis on illustrations. ( )
  lolhscybrarian | Nov 30, 2014 |
I liked this book because I love American history and especially during the American Revolution. The poem of Paul’s midnight ride to warn the colonists that the British were coming by land gives the reader a unique version of history. This book was especially cool because it has extra text features that includes a letter and newspaper printed from that time period, folded in the front and back of the book with the look of being sealed with wax. It includes maps of the ride and illustrations that give the reader a true picture what was happening that April night.
It is hard to criticize the writing of a great writer like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem has a great rhyming pattern and cadence and the reader really gets caught up when reading it. Mr. Longfellow does a great job conveying the danger and seriousness of the night.
“Meanwhile, his friends, through alley and street,
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of the men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.”
Through this stanza the reader can feel the seriousness of being the spy that is watching the Redcoats to try to figure out what they are doing.
The illustrations are life-like and give the reader a great perspective of what things were like in 1776. Mr. Bing does a great job illustrating this poem. There is illustrations on one side and the poem is on the other side. Underneath of the poem are single pictures of artifacts and symbols that are pertinent to the time period. He also includes maps and a glossary of the symbols he uses throughout the book. The illustrations truly take the reader back to the night of Paul Revere’s ride.
The big message is the importance of the ride of Paul Revere and the seriousness of what was happening between colonists and the British in 1776. Between the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the illustrations of Christopher Bing, a reader can get an incredible picture of the night. ( )
  AlexWyatt | Oct 27, 2014 |
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An illustrated version of the narrative poem which describes Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside of an impending attack by the British.

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