Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Examining Fame Using Longfellow's 'Paul Revere's Ride'

Why do some become famous while others do not?

This essential question is the guide for this lesson. The students will be examining the role of Paul Revere and Joseph Warren from Revere's famous ride to the Battle of Bunker Hill. We will look at what Paul Revere and Joseph Warren contributed to these famous events. 

Here are the links to the media we will use in class along with pages 134-135 in our textbook.

Andy Griffith Lexington and Concord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3boDX-3iRJg
This link fits with our emphasis on storytelling in history. We will look at the events that Andy describes and his storytelling ability.

Lexington and Concord Map http://www.paulreverehouse.org/ride/virtual.html
This is used for a good anchoring visual of the lands through which this event took place. 

‘Real’ Story of Paul Revere http://www.paulreverehouse.org/ride/real.html
This is the facts that are given through the Paul Revere House website. This is used as a resource that isn't from Wikipedia.

Longfellow’s Midnight Ride of Paul Revere http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4hUMQG3MI8
The poem is the basis for the discussion. 

We will look at why Longfellow wrote the poem. We will discuss if his goal to create a nationalistic feeling was appropriate for the time period.

The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker
Hill  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_death_of_general_warren_at_the_battle_of_bunker_hill.jpg
This is a painting of Joseph Warren's death. The purpose is to again emphasize how media is manipulated and also as a visual anchor for Dr. Warren.

Joseph Warren http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Warren
We will look at Warren's roles specifically with Revere's ride and the battle of Bunker Hill. We will also discuss his last run in with Revere after his death (fascinating stuff!)

We will look at this ode and try to decide why it did not become as popular as Longfellow's poem.

After learning the stories of Revere and Warren the students will write an ode to Dr. Warren using the following rhyme scheme: ABABCDECDE
The goal with this is to have the students experience writing a poem with a specific rhyme scheme. They will use the information they gather from our examining of Warren's life to help. 

If you talk about Revere, Warren, Longfellow's poem or the historical events what goals do you have for your students? 

1 comment:

  1. We just discussed some of the same topics in our classroom. Today we incorporated an article on Sybil Lundington, a young girl who made the same midnight ride as Revere but many have never heard of, as the basis of a reading comprehension activity. This activity was part of our SMART goal for this part of our school year.

    Here is a copy of the article: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B27itDuJn-6xS0ZjbGhPUl9RRTg/edit?usp=sharing

    and the handout : https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B27itDuJn-6xRVFEbWNLZEdfbVE/edit?usp=sharing

    Here is a short video about Lundington : http://www.travelchannel.com/video/female-paul-revere


    Eric Langhorst
    8th Grade American History Teacher
    Discovery Middle School - Liberty, Missouri
    Class site : https://sites.google.com/site/langhorstclassroom/home