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Hamlet Remix: A Teaching Idea, with Student Work Samples

Last week, my classes were right in the middle of two tragedies–Othello and Hamlet. My Senior English class had just finished Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” speech and my Junior Dual Enrollment class had just read the temptation scene in Othello (3.3). I wanted to do an activity that had some novelty in… Continue Reading »


4 Ways that Visual Art Can Enhance Shakespeare Learning

We’ve heard from many of you at our face-to-face teacher workshops and over email, too, about ideas for integrating the visual arts in Shakespeare learning. Specifically, you have shared questions and ideas related to using painting, drawing, and design to deepen students’ connections to Shakespeare’s language. Here are 4 more resources to inspire your thinking… Continue Reading »



What My Students Really Think About Studying Shakespeare

At the start of our Romeo and Juliet unit, I had my students begin a Digital Shakespeare Portfolio: a blog account that would house all of their annotations, as well as a place to discuss their thoughts on the interactive approach we’ve been trying out in class. So far, engagement has been high and responses… Continue Reading »



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 »


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