In honor of #ThrowBackThursday, we’re sharing one of the more popular videos from our Teaching Shakespeare series.
Sue Biondo-Hench, a curriculum specialist (and alumna) of the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute and an English teacher at Carlisle High School for more than 29 years, often starts off a new Shakespeare unit by having students explore character and motive using a key passage of text—sometimes just a single line.
“What makes Interpreting Character such a successful exercise,” says Biondo-Hench, “is its multiple points of focus. Students explore a play-specific character, engage in performance-based methods for interpreting the text, and learn how Shakespeare’s language allows for multiple meanings”.
Interpreting Character uses scenes from Henry IV, Part 1 and centers on Prince Hal, but the exercise works equally well for any Shakespeare play—or any other play!