An Important Day in History

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Leslie Ann Daniels

Paul Revere’s Ride

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 18071882

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
April 18 is a very important day in American history, for on this day in 1775, Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops. It is noted as the beginning of the American Revolution.

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In 1973, Jean Fritz began writing a series of American Revolution books that have provided children with an adventurous look into the lives of George Washington (George Washington’s Breakfast and George Washington’s Mother), King George (Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?), Paul Revere (And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?), Ben Franklin (What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?), Sam Adams (Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?), John Hancock (Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?), and Patrick Henry (Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?).
You might wish to explore America’s historical past with lessons and activities that complement this award-winning series of books. The educational website, TeacherVision, referred to the Jean Fritz books as important tools for learning about American history. This site offers themes, an art study, games and other activities to accompany the books.