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How A Summer at the Folger Turned Me Into a Bass

This past summer, I found my voice. More specifically, my vocal register actually changed. In stature, I am fairly petite, the little sister, the youngest of three, the daughter of a naval captain, and from a strict, British-obsessed Caribbean family. Speaking demurely and with a high pitched voice was my birthright. It, literally and figuratively,… Continue Reading »


Varsity Shakespeare 2016

Check out what this year’s Lily McKee High School Fellows have been up to! Since September, 16 high school students from 15 public, independent, and home schools all over the DC region have been gathering here at the Folger 1-2 times a week to do all kinds of cool stuff, including conducting original research in… Continue Reading »


Connect with Folger Shakespeare Library at NCTE 2016!

Let’s get together in Atlanta! Folger Education, along with loads of teachers in our big, nationwide family, is heading to the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, and we’re sticking around to present at the CEL Convention, too. We want to connect with you and your colleagues and see how we… Continue Reading »



Teaching ‘Macbeth’ in the Digital Age

For the next few weeks, @folgerlibrary is teaming up with @NCTE and Ben Herold, @BenjaminBHerold reporter for Education Week, to learn from all of you your best thinking on teaching Macbeth. Ben is working on an article that will appear in Ed Week in early November. He needs to learn directly from you—you in classrooms every… Continue Reading »


What’s the Prime of Life?

I had taught English 9 for eight years straight when my teaching assignment changed and there followed a five-year hiatus in which I didn’t teach it at all until this year. Fortunately for my students this year, in the intervening years I attended the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute. Our English 9 curriculum includes the classic… Continue Reading »


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