Portraits of American Revolutionaries

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:00am

Block Island School Teacher Kathleen Hemingway has been teaching her fifth grade class on the American Revolution at the Block Island School. The U.S. War of Independence was fought between 1775 and 1783 by colonists seeking to gain independence from Britain.

“The fifth graders have been working really hard on our unit of the American Revolution this past month and have created bio-poems about someone who played a part in the war. Below are bio-poems they have created about a person involved in the Revolutionary War that they have researched,” said Hemingway.

Here are the poems by the fifth grade students. Each poem begins with information about the colonists they are writing about. — Rosemary Connelli


Mary Ludwig

Wife of William Hays, who fought at the Battle of Monmouth

Resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Who believes the colonists can win the war

Who needs more water to give to the soldiers, protective gear to not get shot while she’s giving water on the battlefield, shorts, a t-shirt, and sunscreen because it was hot

Who feels devastated when her husband collapses during the battle so she takes control of his cannon

Who cries when the colonists die

Who laughs when the colonists win the war

Who wants for the world freedom

Who thinks others are grateful for her work of refreshing soldiers during battle

Who loves her family

Who is known as Molly Pitcher

— Esthreya Perez Santana


George Washington

Son of Augustine and Mary Washington Brother of Lawrence Washington, who left him Mount Vernon

Resident of Westmoreland County, Virginia

Who believes in freedom from the British

Who needs non-wooden dentures

Who doesn’t feel so confident in the war against the British because they had less soldiers and supplies

Who cries when he talks about how his father died when he was young

Who is happy when talking to his kids, before they died

Who wants freedom for the world

Who thinks the British government is greedy

Who loves his wife Martha Dandrige Custis

His nickname is Commander and Chief

— Mason Miro


Marquis de Lafayette

Relative of a Colonel who served in the 7 years war, who died during his service

Resident of Chavaniac, France

Who believes in the American cause for freedom for the colonies, and freedom for France

Who needs respect of the soldiers and his fellow officers

Who feels passionate for the American cause for freedom

Who cries when is defeated in battle

Who laughs when freedom comes to America

Who wants for the world equality for all

Who thinks of others as not inferior but as equals

Who loves Adrienne de Lafayette, his wife

Whose nickname is Hero of Two Worlds

— Zack Hobe


Abigail Adams

Wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy

Resident of Massachusetts

Who believes in women’s rights

Who needs help around the house and with the kids, more money to help with the farm and more time to process thoughts and ideas about women’s rights

Who feels angry, because she doesn’t have help with her kids or farm, and because people don’t take her seriously

Who cries when her husband doesn’t support women’s rights and when her husband is dying

Who is happy when there are equal rights between men and women

Who wants for the world fairness

Who thinks others should have equal advantages

Who loves John Adams

— Abigail Willi


John Adams

Son of John Adams Sr. and Susanna Adams

Resident of Braintree, Massachusetts

Who believes he believed in freedom for the 13 colonies

Who needs colonists to believe in his writings that disagree with laws made from the British.

Who feels happy when writing the Declaration of Independence

Who cries when he had to leave his wife and six kids in fighting in the Revolutionary War

Who is happy when he marries his wife

Who wants for the world freedom

Who thinks others that support the British are choosing the wrong side.

Who loves his wife Abigail Smith, and his six kids.

Who is one of the Founding Fathers

— Jillian Licari


George Washington

Son of Augustine and Mary Washington.

Resident of Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Who believes that the future of the nation lies in colonizing the West.

Who needs a nation to rally behind the revolution,

Who feels that all slaves should be granted their freedom.

Who cries about his young daughter Patsy who passed away.

Who laughs when he goes horseback riding, fishing and takes part in fox hunts in Mount Vernon.

Who wants the world to cherish the union and avoid partisanship and permanent foreign alliances.

Who thinks others are equal and valuable.

Who loves Mount Vernon.

Who was called first president of the United States and was called GW.

— Zane Turner


Crispus Attucks

Son of Nancy Attucks, a Natik Indian, and Prince Yonger, a slave

Resident of Boston

Who believes in freedom from the British

Who needs to move out of the way and should have had a gun to defend himself during the Boston Massacre

Who feels scared of the thought of being forced into the British navy because he’s a seaman

Who cries when he thinks of slavery as a whole

Who is happy when he escapes from slavery

Who wants for the world everyone to have freedom.

Who thinks others should help in the fight against the British so they can have their independence.

Who loves his crew

Crispus the Martyr

— Akie Fontanilla


George Washington

Son of Augustine and Mary Washington

Resident of Westmoreland County, Virginia

Who believes in his colonies and their rights to become a country

Who needs men to fight in the Continental Army

Who feels delightful that his life goal of helping to build a nation has been accomplished

Who cries when when he loses his parents, brother, and adopted kid

Who is happy when his victories in war are announced and when he is living and working at Mount Vernon

Who wants for the world to get rid of slavery

Who thinks people alongside of him in the army are important and brave

Who loves Martha, his wife

Who is known as the first president of the U.S.A

— Anonymous


Benjamin Franklin

Father to William who opposed the Patriot cause

Resident of Massachusetts, London, France, and Philadelphia

Who believes in independence from England

Who needs supporters for the Patriot cause

Who feels angry at his own loyalist son

Who cries when his brother beat him and refused to publish his writings when they were younger

Who is happy when he is writing

Who wants for the world to be able to work together

Who thinks others should learn from his scientific and political information

Who loves learning

Pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogood

— Anonymous