Literary Legends Waubonsie Valley Students Research Authors for School Project
Sneller, Beth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Beth Sneller Daily Herald Staff Writer
It was the quintessential meeting of the minds.
At Waubonsie Valley High School, teacher Beth Hobbs hosted Victorian-era authors Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and others in the Library Media Center for a traditional tea.
Not too shabby a guest list for a high school British Literature class, huh?
Actually, the famous authors were just dressed up high school students. The students each researched a writer and attended the tea in character, prepared to talk about their alter ego's works, families and even social lives.
Hobbs said she got the idea from the Internet.
"There are tons of different tea events these days," she said. "They've just gotten more and more popular."
Each student wrote a research paper on his or her chosen author with three parts -an extensive background on the Victorian era, an analysis of one of that author's novels and a biography of the writer.
Then, they wrote a short biography for their introduction at the tea, where they hob-nobbed with district administrators and other guests.
"This is kind of the fun, 'Let me show what I learned' part," Hobbs said.
Some students said they were a little nervous about dining with administrators like Superintendent Gail McKinzie or Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education Howard Crouse. …