Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

The First Folio Teaches Teachers – In YOUR words!

It has been quite a year! In 2016, over 1400 teachers attended workshops as part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare traveling exhibition and dove into the history of how Shakespeare’s texts came to us.  Here is what a few of you had to say about your experience:… 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 »


Happy holidays, teaching colleagues!

We’ll be on hiatus until January 11, 2017. Check back then for a new post—and have a very merry winter break. Before we go, though, here’s a little gift for you, a favorite episode from Folger Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast: “Why Shakespeare’s Stories Still Resonate” Enjoy!


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 »


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