WRITING: Another Point of View

Point out that the book is written from the point of view of Johnny, an American boy who becomes an active participant in the Revolution.The author suggest in several places that the issues that led to the war weren't black and white for Johnny; for example, he rode with Lieutenant Stranger, helped Private Pumpkin, and accepted Madge's husband; Sergeant Gale. Ask students to pretend they are British soldiers and write leaders to someone at home in England telling about the situation in Boston. Surest that they consider what the points of view of the some of the English characters in the book such as Stranger, Pumpkin, Gage, or Gale might be.