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CrossTalk Featured Lesson: The Power of Asides

Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting individual lessons from our CrossTalk education project, Essential Everyday Bravery: Thinking and Talking about Identity and Difference in Your Classroom. To learn more, check out the CrossTalk webpage. Today’s lesson comes from Baltimore teacher Amber Phelps, who gets students thinking deeply about identity and vulnerability… 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 »


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 »


Shakespeare and Faulkner: Patriarchy in 'King Lear' and 'As I Lay Dying'

Performances of Shakespeare’s Globe: King Lear began last Friday at Folger Theatre, so we thought this would be an opportune time to share a unit plan based on Shakespeare’s famous play about a father and his three daughters. The unit plan, featured on our Shakespeare in American Life website, comes from English teacher Keith Muller. Over the course… Continue Reading »


Seeing Double in the Romeo and Juliet Prologue

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! At Pompano Beach High School, I am not only the ONLY drama teacher, I… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare, Assessment, and Silent Scenes

By Sue Biondo-Hench My students have told me that studying and performing Shakespeare has made them better readers of all literature and better writers, stronger individuals and stronger leaders. But how do we assess this growth? There is no standardized assessment that truly measures this type of learning. And that’s an issue that challenges the… Continue Reading »


Finding a Shakespeare Hook

By Kevin Costa Whenever I begin a Shakespeare play with my students in my two-year course, The Institute for Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at McDonogh School, I get the class working on text from just about Day One. I don’t spend a lot of time setting up with talk about Shakespeare’s life or with the… Continue Reading »