Teaching Shakespeare!

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Lincoln & Macbeth: A Surprising Tale Told Through Primary Sources

Last year, as part of the Wonder of Will exhibition extravaganza to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger presented America’s Shakespeare. This exhibition took a look at the Bard’s influence on American thought and popular culture from the “Be taxt, or not be taxt” political cartoons at the dawn of the Revolution,… Continue Reading »


Hamlet Remix: A Teaching Idea, with Student Work Samples

Last week, my classes were right in the middle of two tragedies–Othello and Hamlet. My Senior English class had just finished Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” speech and my Junior Dual Enrollment class had just read the temptation scene in Othello (3.3). I wanted to do an activity that had some novelty in… Continue Reading »


Teaching and Learning in These Days: More from YOU

We continue to share your emails, which so thoughtfully capture what’s happening in your classrooms, your minds, and your communities these days. Thanks for sharing, and keep on doing what you do. From Tia in West Virginia: Though our friends at the Folger assure me I am anything but powerless, it certainly seems that way… Continue Reading »


Teaching and Learning in These Days: Your Stories Continued

Last week we posted some of what you brilliant teaching colleagues have been sharing with us about teaching in today’s world. Today, as promised, we’re posting more of your comments and stories. From Chasidy in Tennessee I spend so much time with my students on how literature reflects our own flaws and reveals truth. As… Continue Reading »


Teaching and Learning in These Days: Your Stories

Earlier this month our Director of Education, Peggy O’Brien, asked you, our teaching colleagues across the country, to send us your stories about teaching in these changing, challenging times. “We are always carrying you and your work and your students in our hearts and minds,” Peggy wrote, “but maybe no more so than right now…. Continue Reading »


4 Ways that Visual Art Can Enhance Shakespeare Learning

We’ve heard from many of you at our face-to-face teacher workshops and over email, too, about ideas for integrating the visual arts in Shakespeare learning. Specifically, you have shared questions and ideas related to using painting, drawing, and design to deepen students’ connections to Shakespeare’s language. Here are 4 more resources to inspire your thinking… Continue Reading »


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