1. I was a member of the White team. My team was representing the French.
2. I felt a little bit angry because the teams were divided unequally, with the strongest and tallest kids on the red team, and the weakest and shortest kids on the blue team.
3. I thought the red team would win because they had the strongest and tallest kids, which would help in a tug of war.
4. I felt more confident as the rules changed because they helped the team I was cheering for and helping.
5. The blue team won because the rules changed in their favor, and they got extra help.
The Red team represented the British Army. They were the tallest and strongest kids because in the beginning, the British Army was trained, strong, and well supplied. The Blue team represented the Continental Army. They were the shortest and weakest kids because the Continental Army was made up of poor farmers, merchants, hunters, and slaves. They didn't know anything about war and fighting. They were not supplied well, weak, and unprepared. There were less Blue team members than Red team members because they were being trained to fight in the war. The White team represented the French. They came late because they had to travel all the way from France to the American colonies.
The Blue team members were offered a prize if they won because they had worked so hard to protect the land. One student on the Blue team was not offered a prize because he was representing the slaves. Even if the Blue team won the war, the slaves did not get anything. They didn't get their freedom like everybody else did. They were still slaves, so fighting in the war did not do them any good.
The White team cheered for the Blue team because France hated England and had had many wars with them. They wanted to get revenge and would side with anyone who was going against them. They had to come late because they were traveling across the ocean. Part of the Red team came late too, because not all of the soldiers came to the American colonies right away. They were traveling from England to the colonies to fight. The Red team had to pull the rope past the flag while the Continentals only had to prevent them from doing it because the land was already theirs. They were just protecting it from the British.