Teachers across the country are incorporating more primary sources – period documents and objects – into history lessons today. Students of all ages enjoy examining these items and discovering how they can help tell our nation’s story. A new publication from the Paul Revere House called Paul Revere in Primary Sources is something that will be of real interest to teachers in grades 5-12. The curriculum packet contains beautiful facsimiles of nine primary sources related to Paul Revere plus ten transcriptions (one of the originals has been lost). It includes many items available for the first time ever for classroom use. For each document, there is a background essay which sets the source in context, a glossary, focusing questions to help students analyze the document, suggestions for further research, and ideas for creative writing assignments.
With this resource from the Paul Revere House, you can introduce Colonial Boston, the Revolution, and the history of the early American republic to your students in a unique and fun way. Primary source documents include an intriguing newspaper ad for Revere’s services as a dentist, waste book entries from 1769 noting orders for silver work from his silversmith shop, and a loving letter Revere wrote to his wife while fighting in the Revolution. The packet also includes full color copies of portraits of Paul and Rachel Revere and a view of Boston, a black-and-white period map, a timeline of Revere’s life, bibliography, and Revere family genealogy. It is 76 pages, three-hole punched and shrink wrapped and can be ordered from the Educational Materials section of the Revere House Museum Shop.