Midnight Ride of Paul Revere Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Explore American history using this Study.com lesson plan. Have students read our lesson on Paul Revere, discuss his impact on the American Revolution, and explore his legacy as a hero.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain Paul Revere's role in the American Revolution
  • define key terms
  • explore the term 'hero' in context


  • 1 hour

Key Vocabulary

  • Boston Committee of Correspondence and Safety
  • Midnight Ride of 1775
  • American Revolutionary War
  • British oppression
  • American militia
  • Patriot/patriotic

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


  • To connect and engage students, have them begin with a reflective writing piece answering the question 'What makes a hero?' Share answers and discuss.
  • Hand out copies of our Study.com lesson Paul Revere: Biography, Facts & Quotes. Ask students to read Brief Biography of Paul Revere section of the lesson silently.
  • Discuss prior knowledge of Paul Revere, the word 'patriot,' and legend.
  • Have students create a T-chart labeled 'Paul Revere;' assign one section 'The Businessman' and the other 'The Patriot.'
  • As students read The Patriot and The Businessman sections, add information under each heading, listing important contributions from Paul Revere.
  • Discuss:
    • How did Revere's business support the Revolution?
    • Which contributions were more impactful, as a businessman or revolutionist? Why?
    • Explain the saying 'One if by land, two if by sea.'
  • Finally, read the section about Paul Revere's quotes and legacy. Discuss how public legacy can differ from actual events. Use modern examples.
  • Have students read the Lesson Summary. Add information if necessary.


  • Return to the guiding question, 'What makes a hero?' Ask students to briefly review their writing.
  • Ask students to share adjectives and phrases they used to describe a hero. Record on chart paper or board.
  • Have students discuss whether they believe Paul Revere's actions fit their description. Discuss as a class, small groups, or partner pairs.
  • Students should write a short persuasive paper answering the question 'Is Paul Revere a hero?' Allow students to support their thinking with evidence from the lesson and other resources.


  • Ask students to imagine that Paul Revere did not exist. How would that have impacted the Revolution?
  • Research other influential people of the Revolutionary War. Create movie posters for each and hang in the classroom.
  • Research the role of women during the Revolutionary War. Describe and compare their impact and contributions.

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