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Is It Midsummer Yet?

OK, we know it’s not technically summer yet, and it’s totally not midsummer, but we can’t help but rush right into summer dreaming—and reading—especially on the warm, sunny days we’re currently enjoying in DC! Perhaps some of you are already thinking about new ways—or plays—to teach next year. As you spend some time this summer… 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 for Everyone

Shakespeare can be an effective tool for teaching children of all learning levels and backgrounds how to interact with others and explore meaningful topics that mirror everyday life. Who else besides the Bard himself wrote about such a wide range of human emotions that span the centuries? As an educator, I want to expose all… 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 »

Two Docents Reflect on the 2015 Children’s Festival

By Diana Darwin and Nancy Howard   Imagine children, not much taller than yardsticks, clearly and passionately performing lines from Romeo and Juliet. Simply dressed in blue T-shirts for the Montagues, red T-shirts for the Capulets, and yellow tees for the Prince and his family (a few wore mustaches and many carried swords), they projected… 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 »

Shakespeare Uncovered Returns on PBS

  The second season of Shakespeare Uncovered begins on January 30th.  The Folger has been asked to work with WNET THIRTEEN to create support material for teachers and their students. I’ve been lucky to have seen the series already and want to share some of the highlights with you. Hugh Bonneville and Ralph Fiennes on Performing… Continue Reading »

YOUR Teaching Epiphanies, Part 2

The epiphanies continue! Today is the anniversary of the death of Irish writer James Joyce, whose famous epiphanies, a century later, still inspire conversation and inquiry. (Plus, did you know that Hamlet was a major source for Joyce, who gave a series of lectures on Shakespeare?) We think it’s fitting, then, today, to offer a second installment of your teaching… Continue Reading »

YOUR Teaching Epiphanies

As a follow-up to Mark Miazga’s fabulous story about his teaching epiphany, we invited you, our readers, to share revelations from your classrooms, and… wow! You and your students blew us away! Here’s what you had to say:   My epiphany came when I realized that getting students to act and move would impact them… Continue Reading »

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