Teaching Shakespeare!

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Extra Credit Reading: Hamlet

To continue “Hamlet” month, I bring you books.  Fiction based on Shakespeare is a major item “within the book and volume of my brain.” I did this back in January for Macbeth,  and do plan on more!  Hamlet itself is based on the tale of Amleth, which you can tell almost immediately is the basis… Continue Reading »


HAMLET: In Performance

April is Hamlet month this year at the Folger! Our upcoming performance, opening April 21st, has us so excited for the Bard’s Greatest Tragedy! The play has been examined in a myriad of ways, so instead of trying to cram it all into one entry I will begin with notable performances of Hamlet. Hamlet recently… Continue Reading »


Lord, what fools these mortals be!

The first of April, some do say Is set apart for All Fool’s Day; But why the people call it so Nor I, nor they themselves, do know, But on this day are people sent On purpose for pure merriment. – Anonymous What better day to discuss Shakespeare’s Fools than April 1. So here are some… Continue Reading »


In the Springtime, the Only Pretty Ringtime

Spring has Sprung here at the Folger, and with it rehearsals for next month’s exciting performances of HAMLET, and preparations for Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House on April 25th and the Children’s Festival in May! To celebrate, here are some springtime quotes from the ol’ Bard to put you in a blooming mood! It was a lover and his… Continue Reading »


Examples Galore!

A picture is worth a thousand words… on Tuesday, I wrote about the wealth of possibilities that lie in students working on illumination projects using Shakespeare’s text. But better to show than tell! Below are a few examples of some of the work that students have done in Folger’s High School Fellowship Program. And to… Continue Reading »


Illuminating Shakespeare

Anyone who has spent a brief moment of time with someone from Folger Education knows that we are avid believers in introducing students to Shakespeare through performance-based teaching, that is, an interactive approach to the study of literature in which students participate in a close reading of text through intellectual, physical, and vocal engagement. Certainly,… Continue Reading »


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