ALEX Learning Activity

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Ginger Boyd
System:Geneva County
School:Slocomb Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2467
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Digital Tool/Resource:
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Razzle Bam Boom/YouTube
Web Address – URL:

In this learning activity, students will be introduced to the many jobs of Paul Revere and how he helped to contribute to the American Revolution.  The students will listen to a rap song about Paul Revere's famous midnight ride and will collaboratively complete a picture frame graphic organizer about Paul Revere to highlight his contributions to the American Revolution.

This alignment results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
8 ) Identify major events of the American Revolution, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Yorktown.

•  Describing principles contained in the Declaration of Independence
•  Explaining contributions of Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Haym Solomon, and supporters from other countries to the American Revolution
•  Explaining contributions of ordinary citizens, including African Americans and women, to the American Revolution
•  Describing efforts to mobilize support for the American Revolution by the Minutemen, Committees of Correspondence, First Continental Congress, Sons of Liberty, boycotts, and the Second Continental Congress
•  Locating on a map major battle sites of the American Revolution, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Yorktown
•  Recognizing reasons for colonial victory in the American Revolution
•  Explaining the effect of the Treaty of Paris of 1783 on the development of the United States

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.8- Identify why the people in the American colonies separated and declared independence from Great Britain and eventually became the United States; recognize at least one important factor contributing to American independence including key battles, influential leaders, and the efforts of ordinary men and women including the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown, George Washington, and the Minutemen.

Learning Objectives:

The students will be able to explain the contributions of Paul Revere to the American Revolution.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

As an introduction to this learning activity, when students come into the classroom, have a table set up like you are hosting a Colonial Tea Party for the students. Use a metal or silver teapot if you have one. Explain to the students that a tea party was a fun part of every day for the Colonists and is still done today in England.  Ask the students, "Who might have made a silver teapot for a tea party in Boston?" (a silversmith) Tell the students there was a very well-known silversmith at the time named Paul Revere, but he was more than a silversmith and today we will highlight some of the jobs of Paul Revere and how he helped during the Revolutionary War.

Play the video: Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Partner students and distribute the Picture Frame Graphic Organizers (one per pair of students).  Explain that each pair of students will collaboratively work together to complete the graphic organizer highlighting Paul Revere's contributions to the American Revolution. 

  • In the center box of the frame, students should draw a picture of Paul Revere. 
  • In the top box of the frame, write Paul Revere's name.  In the bottom part of the frame, write two detailed sentences describing how Paul Revere helped during the American Revolution. 
  • In the left box of the frame, students write a personal response (something the Paul Revere may have said or done related to the American Revolution).
  • In the right box of the frame, students will write one thing they wish they knew more about Paul Revere. (What questions do they still have?)



*Students may use the internet to gather information to complete this section or use information from the rap song.


Assessment Strategies:

The students will be assessed on the Picture Frame Graphic Organizer.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need to prepare a table in the classroom for a tea party with a silver or metal teapot if possible.  

Picture Frame Graphic Organizer (one copy per pair of students)


*Optional - serve sweetened tea, pound cake or cookies, dried fruits, & nuts.

Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

The teacher may choose to serve the students cool sweetened tea along with pound cake or cookies and sweetmeats (dried fruits and nuts) while students are researching Paul Revere.  

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, Colonial Period, Colonists, Paul Revere