Paul Revere

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere—Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

Overview of the activities

Read the directions and make use of the resources this LaunchPad is linked to to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Wood's painting.

In order to complete the assignments, you will also need the following resources:


1. Look and think about it

Look at the Grant Wood painting, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere for a few minutes. Then answer the questions that follow.

  • What words came to mind when you first see it?
  • What does it remind you of?

To continue this activity, use the following PDF worksheet.

2. Read primary source accounts

Read primary source accounts from the April 1775 evening. You and your classmates should be in small groups to read an eyewitness account. Each student group will become "expert" in one eyewitness's testimony. Once all students have read one witness's account, you should "jigsaw" to hear other accounts. These jigsaw groups include an "expert" for each primary account.

3. Write a synthesis

Synthesize what you have learned by creating first person accounts of the night in April 1775. You should complete all three journals on Worksheet 3 so that you have a rounded picture of the three perspectives presented.

Complete the "Historical Facts/Fiction" worksheet