Constable: Students write first draft of history in pandemic diaries

  • Online meetings aren't the same as classroom discussions, but Trinity High School juniors (bottom row from left) Claire Costello of Glen Ellyn, Betsy Greenberg of River Forest and Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale talk about their COVID-19 journals. Patti Williams, the school's director of marketing and communications, top left, and teacher Julie Klein, top right, explain the assignment to columnist Burt Constable, top center.

      Online meetings aren't the same as classroom discussions, but Trinity High School juniors (bottom row from left) Claire Costello of Glen Ellyn, Betsy Greenberg of River Forest and Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale talk about their COVID-19 journals. Patti Williams, the school's director of marketing and communications, top left, and teacher Julie Klein, top right, explain the assignment to columnist Burt Constable, top center. Burt Constable | Staff Photographer

  • Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale drew this cover on March 13 for her Trinity High School history class assignment. Dubbing it "The Quarantine Logs, issue 1 of ?????" demonstrates the uncertainty of this pandemic.

    Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale drew this cover on March 13 for her Trinity High School history class assignment. Dubbing it "The Quarantine Logs, issue 1 of ?????" demonstrates the uncertainty of this pandemic. Courtesy of Leslie Zarco

  • When COVID-19 sent everyone home from Trinity High School in River Forest, history teacher Julie Klein assigned homebound students to keep journals about their experiences during this pandemic. "Let's think like historians!" she told them.

    When COVID-19 sent everyone home from Trinity High School in River Forest, history teacher Julie Klein assigned homebound students to keep journals about their experiences during this pandemic. "Let's think like historians!" she told them. Courtesy of Julie Klein

  • Using her art skills to get her point across, Trinity High School junior Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale preserves the popular mantra, "Wash Your Hands," as part of her journal about living during the time of COVID-19.

    Using her art skills to get her point across, Trinity High School junior Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale preserves the popular mantra, "Wash Your Hands," as part of her journal about living during the time of COVID-19. Courtesy of Leslie Zarco

  • Every student's journal is geared to individual preferences. Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale likes to incorporate her drawings.

    Every student's journal is geared to individual preferences. Leslie Zarco of Wood Dale likes to incorporate her drawings. Courtesy of Leslie Zarco

  • The history students at Trinity High School are keeping journals during this pandemic. Here's a page put together by Claire Costello of Glen Ellyn.

    The history students at Trinity High School are keeping journals during this pandemic. Here's a page put together by Claire Costello of Glen Ellyn. Courtesy of Claire Costello

 
 
Updated 4/25/2020 5:15 PM

When COVID-19 forced students in this Trinity High School history class to learn from home, the students became historians.

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