Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

"I must be cruel only to be kind." (Hamlet, 3.4.199)

I attended a conference in New York recently on teaching Shakespeare where teachers reported on the outcomes of  using performance-based teaching techniques with their students.  They reported that students made pretty significant academic gains based on the work they were doing in class.  However, the teachers also reported that the teachers their students had the following year did… Continue Reading »


Reading Shakespeare Makes You Smarter?

An article by Robert McCrum of the The Observer, now a bit dated since it hails from April, scratches the surface of the idea that the process of reading Shakespeare ostensibly makes you smarter! Studies by Prof. Phillip Davis of Liverpool University have found through neurological analysis by MRI scanning that “functional shifts of syntax in Shakespeare… Continue Reading »


Who We're Reading

We are definitely not the only Shakespeare-related blog on the internet. Far from it! Here are some of our favorite people to follow for Shakespeare discussions, news, ideas, and insights. Shakespeare Geek – the self-titled Geek asks insightful questions and posits interesting ideas for Shakespeare enthusiasts to discuss and consider. Bardfilm – KJ collects Shakespeare-related… Continue Reading »


Extra – Credit: Reading Shakespeare

We’re well into the summer now (happy Fourth of July!), and it seems that lounging outside on a beautiful day with a good book is the best way to spend the time. I agree. If you happen to be reading this, though please share if you’re summer reading list includes any books or novels which… Continue Reading »


You're Never Too Young to "Speak the speech"

A recent blog entry by Caitlin Griffin asked how young is too young to start reading Shakespeare.  We’ve worked with students from third grade through high school, but we do know of one school system, the Denver Public School System, that has students from kindergarten through high school actively engaged in speaking Shakespeare’s text.  The… Continue Reading »


Where to begin?

Last week I asked How Young is Too Young to start teaching Shakespeare? The few responses seemed to agree that it’s good to get younger students speaking the words early on, but not necessarily studying the plays. But where do you begin? Mike has stated earlier that the language is the best place to begin teaching Shakespeare… Continue Reading »


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