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Sybil Ludington:
The Other Paul Revere



Arts & Humanities
--Language Arts
Social Studies
----U.S. History
----State History



Brief Description

Learn about Sybil Ludington, a young girl who is often called the other Paul Revere."


Students will

  • learn about a young girl who played an important role in American history.
  • put events in the order they happened in the story (sequencing).
  • use worksheets tied to the story to build vocabulary and other language skills.


Sybil Ludington, U.S. history, Connecticut, New York, colonial, Paul Revere, Danbury

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

The story of Paul Reveres midnight ride is a well known one. But how many people have heard about the ride made by Sybil Ludington? Sixteen-year-old Sybil is a hero of the American Colonial era who is sometimes referred to as the other Paul Revere." Share the story of Sybil Ludington with your students. Then have them complete these accompanying worksheets:

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by Marsha Amstel
Amstel tells the story of Sybil Ludington's ride on horseback to rouse American soldiers to fight against the British who were attacking Danbury, Connecticut, during the American Revolution.

  • Sybil Ludington: Worksheet 1 (sequencing events)
  • Sybil Ludington: Worksheet 2 (vocabulary and editing)

    More Facts to Share

  • Sybil Ludington has been celebrated as the female Paul Revere" because of her ride through Putnam and Dutchess Counties in New York.
  • Colonel Henry Ludington commanded the 7th Regiment of the Dutchess County Militia, a volunteer regiment of local men during the Revolutionary War. He later became an aid to General George Washington.
  • On April 25, 1777, a 2,000 man British force landed near the mouth of the Saugatuck River in Fairfield, Connecticut. The force arrived with 20 transports and 6 warships. That first day they moved 8 miles inland to Weston. On their way to Danbury they left chalk marks on the properties of people who remained loyal to the British; those properties without chalk marks would be destroyed in the days ahead.
  • Not long before the invasion, supplies had been moved to Danbury from a storage location in Peekskill. The supplies were believed to be safer in Danbury. Since they were thought to be safer, they were not well guarded, making them a perfect target for the British soldiers. The supplies included foods such as flour, beef, pork, sugar, molasses, coffee, and rice as well as tents, hospital cots, clothing, shoes, and cooking utensils.
  • Sybil traveled 40 miles that night, from her home (in what is called Kent, New York, today) south to Mahopac and north to Stormville. Along the way she had to move carefully to avoid British soldiers as well as British loyalists.
  • Sybils 40-mile ride was about twice as long as Paul Reveres ride.


    Assess students effort on the worksheets.

    Sybils Story: A Sequencing Activity: The correct sequence is as follows: a.6, b.9, c.5, d. 2, e.10, f.4, g.1, h.8, i.7, j.3.
    Language Practice: Building Vocabulary: 1. c-arrived; 2. b-equipment; 3. d-communicate; 4. a-loyal; 5. c-halt; 6. b-bravery.
    Language Practice: Find the Mistakes: 7. Colonel (capital C); 8. Fredericksburg, (comma between Fredericksburg, New York); 9. were (use were instead of was); 10. Ludingtons (insert apostrophe).

    Lesson Plan Source

    Submitted By

    Gary Hopkins

    National Standards

    LANGUAGE ARTS: English
    GRADES K - 12
    NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
    NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
    NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
    NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
    NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
    NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
    NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
    NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

    GRADES K - 4
    NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
    GRADES 5 - 12
    3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)

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