Teaching Shakespeare!

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NCTE is coming to us – and we're ready!

This year the NCTE Annual Convention will be right in our backyard. The convention space at National Harbor in Maryland is less than 10 miles away from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. So mark your calendars for Nov. 20-23!

NCTE has just released the convention schedule, so let’s go ahead and highlight the sessions sponsored by Folger Education.

Folger Fundamentals—Part 1: You and Your Students Meet Shakespeare’s Language Head-On

This session will demonstrate several specific activities and strategies to unlock and demystify the thorniest aspect of teaching Shakespearehis languageand get you and your students right inside these complex texts. Both beginning teachers and veteran teachers will benefit from these basic methods, though this should be required for first-time or nervous teachers of Shakespeare.

Folger Fundamentals—Part 2: All Kinds of Students Close-Read Shakespeare Actively and Successfully

How do you actually get your students to work on and understand a scene? Demonstration of this research-based methodologynow commonly known as the Folger Methodwill include a group of uninitiated students from a local school (Prince George’s County or DC public high or middle school) who will tackle a scene that they’ve never read or seen before.

Folger Fundamentals—Part 3: Your Students Close-Read a Scene Independently or in a Group, and Understand It

Acting like scholars and directors, your students will edit a scene and create a prompt book page as a way to close-read and understand scenes. Attendees will take on these tasks to appreciate the power that editing and directing have to achieve close reading of a text.

Shakespeare and My ELL Students

English language learners come to reading Shakespeare from diverse backgrounds, with different experiences, prior knowledge, and varying styles of learning. In addition, students in any given classroom will be at different points in their English language acquisition. Teaching Shakespeare to ELL students requires a specific arsenal of strategies for reading and for dramatic performance. This session will demonstrate several ways to reach these students.

Shakespeare and the Common Core Assessments

A detailed cross-walk through active learning strategies and Common Core competencies in order to set our students up for success.


You can find all these sessions on the NCTE website along with other information about the convention.

Hope to see you in November!

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