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Shakespeare and Hip-Hop?

What does hip-hop have to do with learning Shakespeare? Check out this article, written by Holly Korbey for KQED’s Mind/Shift and featuring our very own Director of Education, Dr. Peggy O’Brien. Here’s a short excerpt: Peggy O’Brien, director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., said often the study of Shakespeare can… Continue Reading »



Free, Searchable, Downloadable Shakespeare for All!

Will you join us in providing every student and teacher with free access to meticulously edited texts of Shakespeare’s works? Keep reading. Two blocks from the gleaming US Capitol and across the street from the Library of Congress sits the Folger Shakespeare Library. (Yes, in Washington, DC. Come explore!) Just beneath its visitor entrance, exhibition… Continue Reading »


How 25 Teachers Spent Their Summer at the Folger

For four weeks this summer, 25 teachers from 22 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute, a deep dive into scholarship, performance, and classroom practice supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (and running here at the Folger since 1984). Institute participants worked with scholars, theatre professionals, mentor teachers,… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in the First Week of School—Yes!

  Shakespeare’s language is so rich and rewarding that many of our teaching colleagues choose to start the year with it. Are you looking for some literacy-boosting, joy-inspiring activities for the first days of school? Or maybe you’re already planning to start off with a Shakespeare unit? Whatever the case, here are some ideas for… 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 »


Folger curator shares new Shakespeare discoveries

This blog post by Esther French originally appeared on the Folger’s Shakespeare & Beyond blog. Folger Curator of Manuscripts Heather Wolfe dropped a bombshell in The New York Times this past week: Newly discovered depictions of Shakespeare’s coat of arms from the seventeenth century provide documentary evidence that while the heralds made the grant of arms to his father,… Continue Reading »


Moving Beyond Explaining – Part 2

Every year, Wildwood School, the independent progressive school in Los Angeles where I teach, hosts an event called Hamlet Night put on by the current junior class. It’s the culminating project of the junior year, the apotheosis of the three months the students have put into reading, performing, studying, and writing about the Bard’s most… Continue Reading »



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