Lesson Plan

Narrative Poem "Paul Revere's Ride" viewed through technology

Students will create a scratch project using the narrative poem" Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Pat W.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to..

1.    Re-live Paul Revere’s ride using Google Earth

2.    Complete a map outlining the route of Paul Revere’s Ride using Scratch

3.    Complete an interactive report using Scratch to highlight the main events of Paul Revere’s ride

4.    Identify characteristics of a Narrative poem

5.    Student will answer text-dependent questions through a close reading of the poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

6.    Determine what is a narrative poem and how is it similar to a short story?


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Teacher instructions

Load Google Earth, and Scratch and onto computer(s).

Review how to get on to Google Earth with students- use historical tutorial

Provide students with copy of Paul Revere’s Ride



Student Instructions

Read the Narrative poem “Paul Revere’s Ride

Review the geographic sites of Paul Reveres Ride on Google Earth


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

Provide students with copy of Paul Revere’s ride and read poem aloud with students


Discuss what is Narrative Poetry

Narrative Poems are poems that tell stories. There is a beginning, which introduces the background to the story, a middle, which tells the action of the event, and an end, which concludes and summarizes the story, all of the words of a short story.


View power point of Paul Reverse Ride http://kidsandhistory.net/paulvm/h1_midride/ridepages_nosound/ridefset.html

View BrainPop video as a group or individually


Student Instructions

Read narrative poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”

View BrainPop  American Revolution video, do activities and take notes


Create short descriptive paragraph of what a Narrative Poem is.


3 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating

Help students as needed with creation of Scratch presentation


Teacher will use questioning in order to gauge students' understanding of each stanza

and to guide the students thinking:

Why does the speaker of the poem describe the Revere as an "impatient to mount and ride, booted and spurred, with a heavy stride?"

Read the following lines from the poem - what mood does the author create with these excerpts?

§  "A moment only he feels the spell of the lonely belfry and the dead"

§  "For suddenly all his thought are bent on a shadowy something far away where the river widens to meet the bay"

§  "A line of black that bends and floats on the rising tide, like a bridge of boats"

What does the speaker mean by the fate of a nation was riding that night?

What is the central message of this poem?

(to communicate to the reader that Paul Revere was a key person in communicating to the Revolutionaries that the British were coming to attack them.)


What is the primary task of Paul Revere (the main character) in the poem?

(To alert the Revolutionaries that the British were coming to attack them.)

What was the author's purpose in writing this poem?

(To inform and entertain the reader of Paul Revere's famous mid-night.)

Student Instructions

Students use notes and poem to create a Scratch reenactment of Paul Revere’s Ride.

Text of scratch project need to explain what a Narrative Poem is and should include stanzas of the poem.

4 Wrap-Up

Teachers grade Scratch presentation using rubric from Read Write Think


Student Instructions

Students present Scratch Projects to the class