Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Words, Whitman, and Water: What You’re Hearing in School These Days

By Folger Education   In this month’s Bard Notes, Peggy O’Brien asked our teaching colleagues one question: What’s the most compelling sentence—from the mouth of a student or a teacher or a principal — that you’ve heard in the last week? And…wow! Here’s what you shared:   “We are ALL here to learn.” – Maureen Berzok… Continue Reading »


How I Spent My Summer Vacation…at the Folger

By Emma Remsberg   At the end of June, I started my internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. It was an exciting and busy time for the Education office, every spare table space being used to house an intern.   Reflecting on my internship, it’s hard to choose a favorite part. I love the milieu… Continue Reading »


DITCH THE SECOND DAY SYLLABUS AND READ SHAKESPEARE INSTEAD!

By Jennie K. Brown   After my summer experience at the Folger Shakespeare Library, I decided that I was going to get my students up and moving around my classroom in some sort of Shakespeare activity within the first three days of school. And guess what? I did just that! On day two of the… Continue Reading »


TBT: Great Teaching Idea for Romeo and Juliet

We revisit Julia Perlowski’s active lesson surrounding Romeo and Juliet‘s Prologue from 2014.   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!… Continue Reading »


Talking to a Piece of Writing

By Casey Christenson   “Yeaahhhhhh, a close reading.  So, liiiikkkkkeeeee, what do you mean?”   Inevitably and understandably this is a strategy I must visit and revisit with my students each year. This time it’s while I’m handing out photocopies of Barbara Ascher’s “On Compassion,” and it has only been about twenty-four hours since the… Continue Reading »



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