Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Recognizing Shylock’s Humanity in The Merchant of Venice

“I don’t have to condone it to understand it. The pain that people feel is real.”   While most watched DeRay McKesson, Baltimore native and #blacklivesmatter activist, deliver these words in April 2015 (describing the unrest that occurred shortly after Freddie Gray’s funeral through the screens of their television), my students and I watched it… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare for All?

This year, I joined the Folger-DCPS professional learning cohort, a group of DC Public Schools teachers working in 9th grade ELA and Special Education classrooms—all implementing the new unit on Romeo and Juliet developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library for our district. This experience meant new curricular materials, new approaches to teaching and learning, new… Continue Reading »


Who Just Declared Their Love for Teachers on International TV?

Loads of smart, famous people, that’s who. What’s more, the program wasn’t even really supposed to be about teaching or school. It was about Shakespeare. But—no big surprise here—it seems that for many actors, community leaders, students, teachers, artists, and scholars, “Shakespeare” and “school” go together like “Romeo” and “Juliet.” What are we talking about?… Continue Reading »


“Happy Birthday, Will! Thanks for Making Me Use My Brain!” (and More Texts from Your Classrooms)

There’s been a lot of buzz lately around the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which we commemorated on April 23, 2016. (Yes: tradition says that poor Will died on his birthday in 1616.) Last week we invited you—teachers and students everywhere—to text Shakespeare your birthday wishes, and the responses were honey-tongued, well-wishing, and OVERWHELMING! And… Continue Reading »


“William’s My Man… Your Books Still Poppin’!” (and Other Awesome Texts from Your Classrooms)

Thank you, teachers and students everywhere, for texting Will Shakespeare your fabulous birthday messages! We’re sharing a few today on this blog and on Twitter (@FolgerEd), and we’ll even read some more on The Wonder of Will LIVE, our live streaming event on CSPAN2 and Folger.edu… taking place on the big day itself, April 23rd!… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare 400: This Week Is THE Week!

Woo Hoo!  This is the birthday and deathday week. And this could be the week of a tiny bit of creative mayhem in your classes.   On Saturday, the 23rd, the Folger will host an international live streaming event—called The Wonder of Will LIVE — from our historic Paster Reading Room. Broadcast live via C-SPAN2 and… Continue Reading »


Page 9 of 95« First...7891011...203040...Last »