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Shakespeare and Hip-Hop?

What does hip-hop have to do with learning Shakespeare? Check out this article, written by Holly Korbey for KQED’s Mind/Shift and featuring our very own Director of Education, Dr. Peggy O’Brien. Here’s a short excerpt: Peggy O’Brien, director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., said often the study of Shakespeare can… Continue Reading »



Shakespeare in the First Week of School—Yes!

  Shakespeare’s language is so rich and rewarding that many of our teaching colleagues choose to start the year with it. Are you looking for some literacy-boosting, joy-inspiring activities for the first days of school? Or maybe you’re already planning to start off with a Shakespeare unit? Whatever the case, here are some ideas for… Continue Reading »


Language and Literacy Outside the Classroom: Notes from the Rochester Community Players

Over the summer, the Rochester Community Players decided to try something we had never done before—put together a Shakespeare-specific summer youth program. Peter Scribner, president of the RCP’s Shakespeare Players, envisioned from the start a program that would have Rochester kids out doing Shakespeare, rather than passively reading the text. To implement this plan, he… Continue Reading »


How to Make ALL Students Fall in Love with Close Reading

This summer I had the privilege of participating in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy. During this week-long intensive program, I was given multiple strategies for teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other Shakespearean works.   I learned that I should allow the students to perform scenes according to how they interpret the language…. Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in the classroom: What’s the teacher’s role?

  This past July, I had the great fortune of attending the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Summer Academy in Washington, D.C.   There, I attended lectures given by master teachers and scholars; I played the part of the Ghost in a performance of Act One of Hamlet; I held—in these two hands—Walt Whitman’s copy of the… Continue Reading »


Instagram + Hamlet = Instagr(H)am-let!

At the end of TSI 2014, I made a pledge that I would not read the syllabus to my class on the first day of school.   After a summer collaborating with some of the most innovative teachers in the country, it did seem a shame that I would return to my classroom and fall… Continue Reading »


Inside the Classroom: How Did the Shakespeare Unit Kickoff Go?

By Gina Voskov   NYC teacher and Folger National Teacher Corps member Gina Voskov is back with the third installment in her series “Inside the Classroom,” in which her students share their experiences with Shakespeare at different points throughout their Twelfth Night unit. You can read the first installment here.   We are about five classes… Continue Reading »


Inside the Classroom: Do Modern “Translations” of Shakespeare Have a Place in the Classroom?

By Gina Voskov NYC teacher and Folger National Teacher Corps member Gina Voskov is back with the second installment in her series “Inside the Classroom,” which takes us into her middle school classroom during a Shakespeare unit. Today, we hear Gina’s perspective as teacher, and Thursday, we’ll hear from her students. You can read the… Continue Reading »


Inside the Classroom: Students Share How They Really Feel about Starting a Shakespeare Unit

In this special series we’re calling “Inside the Classroom,” we’ll follow middle school teacher Gina Voskov and her students as they embark on a Twelfth Night unit. Today, it’s all about pre-reading—check back for notes from the group throughout the learning process. By: Gina Voskov I am so pleased to introduce Won Jae, Lois, and Alexandra,… Continue Reading »


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