We are finishing up the first half of our English curriculum, Lightning Literature: Early American Literature: Early to Mid-19th Century and have finished it by studying Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The boys were to write a poem that was 4 stanzas long and with 4 lines per stanza on a historical event. The poem also had to have a constant rhyme scheme and meter.
Stephen wrote his poem on the revolutionary war and I think he did a pretty good job.
The Revolutionary War
Red coats are marching, marching up a hill,
All of the townsfolk can see them near their sill.
Everyone's fearful, fearful indeed,
Hoping their loved ones can sprout a courageous seed.
The war is starting with a thrill,
And everyone is ready with a frightful chill.
Now if you were there you would see,
The marching of the enemy and how scary it would be.
The first gunshot finally rang out,
And every soldier was running all about.
The redcoats have won the first battle,
But the next one it will be them who will receive the painful paddle.
This war is not over, it has just begun
Even though we lost we'll stilll have some fun.
Once we win this dreadful war
Then we, as a separate country, will roar!
He amazes me sometimes with his creativity.