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Folger Ed Goes to College

Teacher educators: we have some exciting news! Folger Education has partnered with the Saint Mary’s College Education Department for a symposium aimed at those college folks who do the heavy lifting of preparing students to be effective English teachers. The Teacher Educator Symposium will be held September 21-23, 2017, at Saint Mary’s College in Notre… Continue Reading »


Happy holidays, teaching colleagues!

We’ll be on hiatus until January 11, 2017. Check back then for a new post—and have a very merry winter break. Before we go, though, here’s a little gift for you, a favorite episode from Folger Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast: “Why Shakespeare’s Stories Still Resonate” Enjoy!


Find us at #NCTE16!

Teaching Colleagues: Come find us in Atlanta this week at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English! For a full lineup of Folger happenings, check here. To find our workshop sessions in the NCTE convention program, search “Folger” here. And to see photos from our adventures at recent NCTE conventions, check… Continue Reading »


Reflecting on Our Luxurious Shakespeare Elective

On April 23rd 2016, while the whole world seemed to be celebrating the life and work of William Shakespeare for the 400th anniversary of his death, I was in mourning. I did not expect to be. After all, experiencing grief for the four-century-dead is certainly what Claudius would call, “obsequious sorrow.” However, I wasn’t so… Continue Reading »


What’s it like to be an intern in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute?

This summer we’re lucky to have three terrific interns at Folger Education: Shanta, a student at Trinity Washington University; Henry, a student at the Hotchkiss School; and Emma, a student at Swarthmore College. What a team! They’re hard at work as we wrap up the Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2016, our month-long flagship program for teachers,… Continue Reading »


A “Good Lesson” Indeed!

“I shall the effect of this good lesson keep As watchman to my heart.” (Hamlet 1.3.49-50)   From the wisdom shared by brilliant teachers and scholars (Michael Witmore, Gail Kern Paster, Kathleen Lynch, Amber Phelps, Jill Burdick-Zupancic, Mark Miazga, Josh Cabat, and more—wow!) during the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Master Class and Live Q & A… Continue Reading »



Connections Through Writing: Boosting Students’ Projects and Performances through Close Reading and Writing

Any good teacher knows that there are a variety of ways students can demonstrate their understanding of a reading. Projects that prescribe students to create original posters, board games, models, etc. based on a class reading are all great methods to get students to engage with literature. As many teachers who use Folger’s performance-rich curriculum… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare’s First Folio—and a Classroom in Arkansas!

  Just before Thanksgiving and in honor of our exhibition that is touring to every state and two US territories—First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare—we announced our intention to give away a facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio. At the annual NCTE meeting in Minneapolis, many teachers signed on in hopes of winning this great… Continue Reading »


Walking the Walk: How DC Public School Teachers Get Inside the Language of Romeo and Juliet

  “Can’t we cut the first two lines? We still know what’s going on if we start with Lady Capulet’s ‘Evermore weeping…’”  “Cut out that whole speech. It’s interesting but it’s not essential.”  “So you’re saying that Juliet says the word ‘dead’ like it’s damage recovery? Then she should say it quickly, like she’s catching… Continue Reading »


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