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Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pixton Lesson Plan on Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Graphic Novel

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.

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Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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  • Cannon
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  • Church
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  • Gravestone
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  • Lantern
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  • Ship
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  • Shore
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  • Skyline
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  • Stars
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Teacher Guide

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

  1. Print student copies of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride.
  2. Share the following historical context with students:
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in 1807 and died in 1882. He was one of the "Fireside Poets," a group of the first American poets to gain more public recognition and fame than British poets. Longfellow published many poems and became the most famous American of his time. He wrote "Paul Revere's Ride," about the Revolutionary War hero in 1860, as tensions were building before the Civil War (1861-1865).

Opening Discussion

  1. Ask students to share what they already know about Paul Revere.
  2. As a class, read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride, aloud two times.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic Strip or Storyboard
    Paraphrase "Paul Revere's Ride"

    Complete after reading the poem.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Figurative Language

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster that illustrates a TP-CASTT analysis of the poem.

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Write and illustrate a Graphic Novel to depict the events and ideas of the poem.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What were some uncommon or outdated vocabulary words from the poem?
  • What examples of figurative language enhance the meaning and imagery in the poem?
  • How did the tone shift from the beginning to the middle to the end of the poem?
  • How many characters and settings were in the poem?
  • What did Paul Revere do?
  • What did his friend do?
  • Did you have any difficulty understanding the language in the poem? Why or why not?
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Pixton Activity: Paul Revere's Ride 1 Paraphrase "Paul Revere's Ride"

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  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard

Intro

As a class, read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride, 1-2 times.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip or Storyboard to summarize the main points and meaning of the poem, Paul Revere's Ride:

  • Write detailed descriptions and/or dialogue to illustrate the main idea.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

Paraphrase "Paul Revere's Ride" by Student

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Pixton Activity: Paul Revere's Ride 2 Figurative Language

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Look for similes, metaphors, personification and other figurative language as you re-read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to illustrate the figurative language in Paul Revere's Ride:

  • Identify the figurative language in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the figurative language as it is used in the poem.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel. See the rubric for grading guidelines.
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Pixton Activity: Paul Revere's Ride 3 Vocabulary

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Circle unknown vocabulary words as you read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride. Examples include:

  • Belfry
  • Moorings
  • Man-of-War
  • Spar
  • Hulk
  • Muster
  • Grenadier
  • Barrack
  • Somber
  • Encampment
  • Sentinel
  • Spurred
  • Impetuous
  • Girth
  • Spectral
  • Bridle
  • Steed
  • Alders
  • Gilded
  • Aghast
  • Peril

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate the literal and/or symbolic meaning of at least four words from Paul Revere's Ride:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the poem.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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