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In Thanksgiving for Teachers

  Because we’re headed toward Thanksgiving, and because we are thankful for you and what you do always, I want to share a list that was my entire keynote at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival’s annual fall education conference last month. My list/talk was—of course—about teachers. PEGGY O’BRIEN’S TEN ABSOLUTE TRUTHS ABOUT TEACHERS You have the… Continue Reading »


By Shauna Rynn Waters   I came back from the Folger Summer Academy full of fire and ideas.  It was like a tent revival for English teachers, I guess, or an encounter with what Prometheus stole from the Olympian hearth. I felt real enthusiasm for getting back in the classroom and for trying some new… Continue Reading »

A Poem (and a Play) in Your Pocket

By Corinne Viglietta Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day, everyone! We’re taking a little break from our Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology series to celebrate the power of verse with you. If you’d like some ideas for engaging students and colleagues in this national poetry fest, or if your pocket is without a poem (gasp!),… Continue Reading »

Teaching Romeo and Juliet with Technology: Part Four

By Folger Education Today we bring you an idea for a final project in a Romeo and Juliet unit. Watch how Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014 alum and English teacher David Fulco blends performance, language study, and digital research in this student-centered assignment. We love how he uses web tools to promote exploratory, independent learning in… Continue Reading »

All Work and Also Play…

By Danielle Drakes   “High School teachers, you are the keepers of the flame.” – Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education     Earlier this month, the Folger Shakespeare Library collaborated with WQED’s August Wilson Project on a event sponsored by PNC Bank focused on teaching August Wilson and William Shakespeare right alongside.   The… Continue Reading »

The New www.folger.edu!

By Folger Education Here at Folger, we’re pretty thrilled about the new, sleek www.folger.edu! The pages are easier to navigate, and they’re chock-full of incredible images, multimedia, and other resources perfect for the classroom. At the same time, we understand that some of our teaching colleagues—especially those of you who have been using our stuff… Continue Reading »

4 Fresh Ideas for Teaching Familiar Speeches

By Dan Bruno Often, when talking with colleagues, I find that a difficult part of teaching well-known plays like Hamlet is making the recognizable, highly quotable speeches seem fresh and alive with possibility. Here are some activities to help students discover the originality and complexity of familiar speeches from Shakespeare: Make It Personal: Have you… Continue Reading »

Inside the Classroom: Students Share How They Really Feel about Starting a Shakespeare Unit

In this special series we’re calling “Inside the Classroom,” we’ll follow middle school teacher Gina Voskov and her students as they embark on a Twelfth Night unit. Today, it’s all about pre-reading—check back for notes from the group throughout the learning process. By: Gina Voskov I am so pleased to introduce Won Jae, Lois, and Alexandra,… Continue Reading »

More Great Ways to Start a Shakespeare Unit

By Folger Education Thanks, teaching colleagues, for sharing your responses to our last post! From technology to performance, here are some of YOUR suggestions for getting started with Shakespeare. Enjoy! Last year the following worked beautifully to engage students with the Prologue to R&J. Start off with pairs saying the same sentence but alternating which… Continue Reading »

5 Great Ways to Start a Shakespeare Unit

by Corinne Viglietta   New semester, new plays! A lot of teachers are kicking off, or getting ready to kick off, a Shakespeare unit, so we thought we’d talk about what to do on those first days. From having students put some verse on its feet to creating a tempest in the lunchroom, these activities… Continue Reading »

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