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Throwback Thursday: Recognizing Shylock’s Humanity in The Merchant of Venice

Today we’re re-posting one of our favorite throwbacks: an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent meditation on language, identity, difference, and community—and a teaching idea getting at those big ideas, too. Thank you to Folger family member and high school English teacher Amber Phelps for sharing this powerful blog post with the world. “I don’t have to… Continue Reading »


A Scale of Morality in Measure for Measure

The juniors and seniors in my Shakespeare elective are exploring the flawed characters and twisted plot of Measure for Measure. By the end of Act 4, Angelo has offered an indecent proposal to Isabella, the Duke has countered by orchestrating the bed trick with Isabella and Mariana, the Provost has received orders to behead Claudio… Continue Reading »


List, list, O, list!

While still teaching high school, I responded to a Call for Proposals from a publisher that had an idea for a book: a book about Shakespeare lists. I contacted them and was told to submit a Table of Contents and a sample chapter. My sample chapter was “Shakespeare’s Language,” a topic with which I felt… Continue Reading »


Giving Thanks

Thank you, National Council of Teachers of English and all of our smart, caring, and daring teaching colleagues, for an unforgettable convention in Atlanta. Below are just a few of the great photos from this unforgettable extravaganza of teaching and learning. And heartfelt thanks to ALL teachers and students everywhere. We are honored to be… Continue Reading »


Find us at #NCTE16!

Teaching Colleagues: Come find us in Atlanta this week at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English! For a full lineup of Folger happenings, check here. To find our workshop sessions in the NCTE convention program, search “Folger” here. And to see photos from our adventures at recent NCTE conventions, check… Continue Reading »


Connect with Folger Shakespeare Library at NCTE 2016!

Let’s get together in Atlanta! Folger Education, along with loads of teachers in our big, nationwide family, is heading to the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, and we’re sticking around to present at the CEL Convention, too. We want to connect with you and your colleagues and see how we… Continue Reading »



Teaching ‘Macbeth’ in the Digital Age

For the next few weeks, @folgerlibrary is teaming up with @NCTE and Ben Herold, @BenjaminBHerold reporter for Education Week, to learn from all of you your best thinking on teaching Macbeth. Ben is working on an article that will appear in Ed Week in early November. He needs to learn directly from you—you in classrooms every… Continue Reading »


What’s the Prime of Life?

I had taught English 9 for eight years straight when my teaching assignment changed and there followed a five-year hiatus in which I didn’t teach it at all until this year. Fortunately for my students this year, in the intervening years I attended the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute. Our English 9 curriculum includes the classic… Continue Reading »


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