Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

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 »


High Schoolers as Scholars and Artists? Yes!

Today, June 1st, is the deadline for students to apply to become Lily McKee High School Fellows of the Folger! Like all Folger Education programs, this experience immerses learners in scholarship, performance, literacy, and our collection. Learn more in this throwback post by past fellow Mikaela Ruiz-Ramon from October 2014: Why I Love the High School… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare: Text to Text

Teaching one Shakespeare play in a school year can be challenging enough, what with mandated curriculums, standardized testing, holidays, and school activities which take a cavalcade of kids out of class on a regular basis.  I choose to do two plays in a year with my senior classes, a tragedy and a comedy.  I want… Continue Reading »


Who’s Sharing Their Shakespeare Stories?

  Students, teachers, and Shakespeare enthusiasts all over the world are posting their Shakespeare stories with #MySHX400. Check out this sampling, and then create your own!   Writer and director Joss Whedon shares his Shakespeare story about filming “Much Ado About Nothing” at his house. A McKee High School Fellow shares his first encounter with… Continue Reading »


What’s Your Shakespeare Story?

  To celebrate the magic that happens in classrooms and the joys of connecting with Shakespeare 400 years after his death, the Folger invites you and your students to share your personal experiences with Shakespeare—all on video. WHAT HAPPENS: Your students—and you—share your personal Shakespeare stories by making short videos and sharing them using #MySHX400…. Continue Reading »


Recognizing Shylock’s Humanity in The Merchant of Venice

“I don’t have to condone it to understand it. The pain that people feel is real.”   While most watched DeRay McKesson, Baltimore native and #blacklivesmatter activist, deliver these words in April 2015 (describing the unrest that occurred shortly after Freddie Gray’s funeral through the screens of their television), my students and I watched it… Continue Reading »


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