Teaching Shakespeare!

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What Julius Caesar Taught Me

by Sam Sherman Folger High School Fellow, Class of 2014 I don’t think I just speak for myself when I say that Shakespeare makes all the more sense when it is performed as opposed to it being examined from text. After all, Shakespeare wrote plays, not novels. Shakespeare wanted actors to play out his work… Continue Reading »


From the AV Vault: Interpreting Character

In honor of #ThrowBackThursday, we’re sharing one of the more popular videos from our Teaching Shakespeare series. Sue Biondo-Hench, a curriculum specialist (and alumna) of the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute and an English teacher at Carlisle High School for more than 29 years, often starts off a new Shakespeare unit by having students explore character and motive using… Continue Reading »


Bring Me to the Test: Assessment in the Secondary Shakespeare Classroom

[getty src=”166844918?et=R9TF3OgLSKV2hWE5Pgc-Tg&flyout=off&sig=1AeGK09p9-64Yjq1CxuiwiYfQZGI4raZmUyzNC8UBV0=” width=”507″ height=”338″] By Josh Cabat It happens every time I give a presentation on performance-based teaching or on using student-created projects to assess understanding of Shakespeare. After the session, two or three people come over to me privately and ask the same question. These sound like wonderful activities, they say, but how do… Continue Reading »



Building Characterization With Music

[getty src=”170956814?et=MuEFNJq5S0x65ONObTmEcQ&similar=on&sig=O8jSoY6buJP7_7cyTcGBgKSzDaH8mYevAfNwW8QMGFw=” width=”507″ height=”338″] By Sara Lehn Teachers have long taken advantage of students’ love of music as a tool for the classroom, writing catchy tunes to act as mnemonic devices, playing educational songs and music videos, and so on.  Watch students in the hallway or cafeteria and you will inevitably find them with headphones blaring,… Continue Reading »


Tech Tips: Creating Shakespeare Radio Plays

[getty src=”102754951?et=vk6vTSb6Q4N5_oBP76Uhkw&similar=off&sig=pGWSDl6IMD8DCdtz7Pqq67-ZR9upqOfK7wQVfj2Vj1g=” width=”507″ height=”338″] By Dana Huff Act IV, Scene 1 of Macbeth is great fun: the three witches are brewing a “hell-broth” which they will use to conjure the apparitions that talk to Macbeth. The scene contains some of the most memorable lines of the play and lends itself well to choral reading activities…. Continue Reading »


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