Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Shakespeare: Text to Text

Teaching one Shakespeare play in a school year can be challenging enough, what with mandated curriculums, standardized testing, holidays, and school activities which take a cavalcade of kids out of class on a regular basis.  I choose to do two plays in a year with my senior classes, a tragedy and a comedy.  I want… Continue Reading »


Who’s Sharing Their Shakespeare Stories?

  Students, teachers, and Shakespeare enthusiasts all over the world are posting their Shakespeare stories with #MySHX400. Check out this sampling, and then create your own!   Writer and director Joss Whedon shares his Shakespeare story about filming “Much Ado About Nothing” at his house. A McKee High School Fellow shares his first encounter with… Continue Reading »


What’s Your Shakespeare Story?

  To celebrate the magic that happens in classrooms and the joys of connecting with Shakespeare 400 years after his death, the Folger invites you and your students to share your personal experiences with Shakespeare—all on video. WHAT HAPPENS: Your students—and you—share your personal Shakespeare stories by making short videos and sharing them using #MySHX400…. Continue Reading »


Recognizing Shylock’s Humanity in The Merchant of Venice

“I don’t have to condone it to understand it. The pain that people feel is real.”   While most watched DeRay McKesson, Baltimore native and #blacklivesmatter activist, deliver these words in April 2015 (describing the unrest that occurred shortly after Freddie Gray’s funeral through the screens of their television), my students and I watched it… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare for All?

This year, I joined the Folger-DCPS professional learning cohort, a group of DC Public Schools teachers working in 9th grade ELA and Special Education classrooms—all implementing the new unit on Romeo and Juliet developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library for our district. This experience meant new curricular materials, new approaches to teaching and learning, new… Continue Reading »


Who Just Declared Their Love for Teachers on International TV?

Loads of smart, famous people, that’s who. What’s more, the program wasn’t even really supposed to be about teaching or school. It was about Shakespeare. But—no big surprise here—it seems that for many actors, community leaders, students, teachers, artists, and scholars, “Shakespeare” and “school” go together like “Romeo” and “Juliet.” What are we talking about?… Continue Reading »


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