Teaching Shakespeare!

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Shakespeare on Testing

Whether it’s the PARCC, Smarter Balanced, IB, AP, or another high-stakes assessment, we know lots of you and your students have testing on the brain… which is why we thought you might enjoy reading a few lines from Shakespeare, all on the subject of—what else?—tests. The word “test” appears 4 times in Shakespeare’s works:  … Continue Reading »


WILL SHAKESPEARE GET A BIRTHDAY TEXT MESSAGE FROM YOUR STUDENTS AND YOU?

Teaching Colleagues,   We bring you big doings and a special invitation this month… Keep reading for all the exciting, once-in-a-lifetime details as we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare! On April 23rd, the day the world commemorates Shakespeare’s birth (and death), the Folger will host an international live streaming event—called The Wonder of Will LIVE—from… Continue Reading »


An Alternative to the Traditional Literary Essay

*This piece originally appeared as “Teaching Shakespeare (And Literary Analysis!) with Prompt Books” on the blog Moving Writers and is cross-posted here with permission.* This April, English teachers, Anglophiles, all buddies of the Bard will commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Museums, libraries, schools, and theater companies are marking the occasion with special… Continue Reading »


First Folios Everywhere!

The Folger—actually, the world!—is in full swing celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, as we send Shakespeare’s First Folio to every US state, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico this year.  You’ve heard us talk about the tour before, but today I want to share what great opportunities are awaiting you and your students.   For YOU:… Continue Reading »



Part 2: Is the Play the Thing?

Part IIa: A Brief Narrative Interlude: Other Inspirations and a Metaphoric Preamble On January 21st, I left you with a promise that I’d be back to talk about specific and pragmatic plans for applying the student-centered learning credo I learned, or at least had recharged, this summer at the Folger… but because I’m an English… Continue Reading »


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