Schiesher's Halls of Fame Fourth-Grade Students Research, Impersonate Illinois Celebrities

By Smith, Bob | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 16, 2000 | Go to article overview

Schiesher's Halls of Fame Fourth-Grade Students Research, Impersonate Illinois Celebrities


Smith, Bob, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


It was nearly impossible to walk the halls of Lisle's Schiesher School Friday without bumping into a famous person.

Harry Caray here. Al Capone over there. Frank Lloyd Wright over in the corner. Wait a minute - that's two Frank Lloyd Wrights.

Actually, they weren't really famous people. They were really about 150 fourth-graders from six classes dressed as famous people as part of their "Celebration of Illinois' Famous People" unit.

Colleen Stefani, one of the school's fourth-grade teachers, says students were required to pick a famous person with some connection to Illinois and write a paper about them.

"Some of the people were born here, some live here, some died here, some just gave a famous speech here," Stefani says.

Then, on Friday, the kids came to school dressed like the person of their choice and gave oral presentations in four separate small- group settings.

The idea, Stefani says, is for students to learn not only about the person they researched, but also about the people other students studied.

Just as importantly, the program teaches students research skills they'll use throughout their educational careers, from preparing bibliographies to using their own words in their reports. …

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