Riverside students explore history with art project

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 07:11 PM.

American poet Henry W. Longfellow coined the often quoted phrase in his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

"It meant if that the Red Coats were coming my sea, than one lantern would be lit in the old church," Braeden said. "Two meant they were coming by sea."

Classes are reading historical fiction based on the war, featuring a character near their age witnessing the events.

"It's all historically accurate, but it meets the kids on their level," Nelson said.

In their projects, students must create slide presentations on their assigned figures and take on their personas while teachers interview them.

In addition to educating children on America's history, one of the project’s main goals was to incorporate art into history.

Both teachers reached outside the school to acquire additional funding for the project to cover costs of books, paper and other necessities.

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