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Shakespeare and NTLive’s Hamlet: Rallying a “Distracted Globe”

Ay, thou poor ghost, whiles memory holds a seat In this distracted globe. Remember thee? Yea, from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial, fond records, […] And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmixed with baser matter. (Hamlet 1.5.103-110)   Last Thursday, October… Continue Reading »

Language and Literacy Outside the Classroom: Notes from the Rochester Community Players

Over the summer, the Rochester Community Players decided to try something we had never done before—put together a Shakespeare-specific summer youth program. Peter Scribner, president of the RCP’s Shakespeare Players, envisioned from the start a program that would have Rochester kids out doing Shakespeare, rather than passively reading the text. To implement this plan, he… Continue Reading »

How to Make ALL Students Fall in Love with Close Reading

This summer I had the privilege of participating in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy. During this week-long intensive program, I was given multiple strategies for teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other Shakespearean works.   I learned that I should allow the students to perform scenes according to how they interpret the language…. Continue Reading »

Shakespeare in the classroom: What’s the teacher’s role?

  This past July, I had the great fortune of attending the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Summer Academy in Washington, D.C.   There, I attended lectures given by master teachers and scholars; I played the part of the Ghost in a performance of Act One of Hamlet; I held—in these two hands—Walt Whitman’s copy of the… Continue Reading »

TBT: Fighting With Truth

This post originally appeared on Making a Scene on December 13, 2012   ~by Gina Voskov My first experience with Shakespeare was in 4th grade. I was asked to play the part of Celia in As You Like It for a Shakespeare festival. I can safely say that at the time I had no idea… Continue Reading »

Instagram + Hamlet = Instagr(H)am-let!

At the end of TSI 2014, I made a pledge that I would not read the syllabus to my class on the first day of school.   After a summer collaborating with some of the most innovative teachers in the country, it did seem a shame that I would return to my classroom and fall… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare Clubs: What we are and what we may be

“Who would you choose?  Benedict Cumberbatch or Michael Fassbender?” “Cumberbatch!” “But have you seen the new Michael Fassbender trailer?  It looks amazing!”   It is the first meeting of the school year for my Shakespeare Society’s Executive Board.  Although it has been months since we all met, our table is brimming with enthusiasm, excitement, and… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare in a Mug, Your Class in a Nutshell

Debbie Gascon’s brilliant advice to start the school year with Shakespeare has made my hot, humid classroom one of the coolest places to be on the first day of school. This year, my freshmen and I played a game of “Shakespeare in a Mug,” my modification of “Shakespeare in a Can,” an activity I learned… Continue Reading »


By Jennie K. Brown   After my summer experience at the Folger Shakespeare Library, I decided that I was going to get my students up and moving around my classroom in some sort of Shakespeare activity within the first three days of school. And guess what? I did just that! On day two of the… Continue Reading »

TBT: Great Teaching Idea for Romeo and Juliet

We revisit Julia Perlowski’s active lesson surrounding Romeo and Juliet‘s Prologue from 2014.   By Julia Perlowski  If the use of Shakespeare’s early modern English is under attack in some “regular” and “honors” English classrooms, just think about what the reaction might be to the use of such rigorous text in an Intensive Reading class!… Continue Reading »

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