The Truth About Paul Revere's Midnight Ride!

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 13277

The facts are coming! The facts are coming! What actually happened on Paul Revere's midnight ride? The truth might surprise you!


United States, United States

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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Did you know...

  • Paul Revere was running a secret operation.
  • Paul Revere did NOT even shout "The British are coming!"
  • Paul Revere rode with William Dawes and another rebel!

Paul Revere, vintage illustration

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and the lesser-known William Dawes rode horses to Lexington to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that the British were coming.

But he did not actually shout, "The British are coming!" In fact, he considered himself British because America was a British colony. It would have been odd to shout something like that.

Watch the video below to learn more about the ride of Paul Revere, William Dawes, and another rebel! Take notes on the following questions.

  • Why did Paul Revere need to keep a low profile on his secret operation?
  • Where did Paul Revere pause on his ride?
  • Where were Paul Revere and William Dawes headed after Lexington, and who rode with them?
  • Who or what did Revere, Dawes, and Prescott gallop straight into on their way to Concord?
  • How did Samuel Prescott escape the Redcoat sentries?
  • What happened to William Dawes?
  • What happened to Paul Revere?

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  • Did any of the facts about Paul Revere's ride surprise you?

Check your answers to the above questions before heading over to the Got It? section to watch another fun video!

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