Imagine everything you needed to get started teaching Shakespeare all in one place. This summer, Folger Education developed exactly that in our newest teaching resource, the Shakespeare Set Free: Doing Shakespeare Right toolkit.
We unveiled the toolkit at last month’s NCTE Convention in Philadelphia. Teachers were incredibly excited and are already seeing success in the classrooms. One teacher from California even reported:
“I LOVE the toolkit. The pictures on the flash drive really generated excitement among my students. We looked at the pictures, and I told them ‘tantalizing tidbits’ about the plays the picture represented. By the time I started the lesson plan for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Shakespeare Set Free, they were totally engaged.”
So what’s in the kit? Essentially, all the resources you need to get your students started on an enjoyable and enriching experience with Shakespeare. Shakespeare isn’t about just reading the plays; its about getting students up on their feet and actively engaging with the text.
The kit contains:
- The Shakespeare Set Free curriculum
- A getting started guide
- A DVD of Folger Theatre’s smash stage production of Macbeth, with special features designed for classroom use
- Printable classroom activities
- 40 laminated cards with lines from the plays for our two-line scene exercises. Teachers have been asking for cards like these since we began offering our performance-based teaching workshops – they’re a great introductory exercise for students just getting started with Shakespeare.
- and more!
Perhaps the most exciting feature of the toolkit is the flash drive with both edited and unedited scenes for classrom use, copies of our podcasts and videos from our YouTube site, and many other terrific teaching tools. The toolkit is available for purchase online for $75.
We welcome hearing your feedback on your experiences using the toolkit. How have you used the materials to engage and challenge your students?