TISKILWA — Students from Crossroads High School took an out-of-state trip recently that was a culmination of their studies in science and history. The students went to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., and the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout the year, students have been investigating the evolution controversy.
This year, the interdisciplinary studies at Crossroads High School focused on American history. Students gained a greater insight into the experiences and contributions of black Americans, their trials and triumphs, in a variety of ways.
In addition to this field trip, the students engaged in a number of other experiences this year to understand how black and white people interacted with each other throughout American history. They visited the Lincoln Museum in Springfield in November and recently attended a presentation by author and speaker Clarice Boswell entitled “Pre-Civil War Quilts: Their Hidden Codes to the Freedom of Slaves through the Underground Railroad,” which was sponsored by the Tiskilwa Library and hosted at the Tiskilwa Historical Society.
Crossroads students also read the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” and Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn,” and they viewed the preeminent PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize” on the Civil Rights movement. As a climax, the students have been preparing “Walk, Don’t Ride,” a one-act drama with music by Peter Manos, as their year-end performance.
“We were thrilled to find a play that allows the students to step into the shoes of various leaders in the Civil Rights movement, each telling their story,” said drama teacher Elizabeth Jones.