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Posts Tagged: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare: Text to Text

Teaching one Shakespeare play in a school year can be challenging enough, what with mandated curriculums, standardized testing, holidays, and school activities which take a cavalcade of kids out of class on a regular basis.  I choose to do two plays in a year with my senior classes, a tragedy and a comedy.  I want… 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 »

5 Soliloquies to Teach in This Month of Resolutions

Happy New Year, colleagues! This time of year, there’s a tendency to look inward. We reflect. We resolve. And, if you’re anything like me, you wrestle with your resolutions, too. What better time to take a close look at the most introspective moments in Shakespeare: characters’ conversations with themselves? Today we’re highlighting 5 soliloquies—some of… Continue Reading »

Walking the Walk: How DC Public School Teachers Get Inside the Language of Romeo and Juliet

  “Can’t we cut the first two lines? We still know what’s going on if we start with Lady Capulet’s ‘Evermore weeping…’”  “Cut out that whole speech. It’s interesting but it’s not essential.”  “So you’re saying that Juliet says the word ‘dead’ like it’s damage recovery? Then she should say it quickly, like she’s catching… 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 »

TBT: Fighting With Truth

This post originally appeared on Making a Scene on December 13, 2012   ~by Gina Voskov My first experience with Shakespeare was in 4th grade. I was asked to play the part of Celia in As You Like It for a Shakespeare festival. I can safely say that at the time I had no idea… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare Clubs: What we are and what we may be

“Who would you choose?  Benedict Cumberbatch or Michael Fassbender?” “Cumberbatch!” “But have you seen the new Michael Fassbender trailer?  It looks amazing!”   It is the first meeting of the school year for my Shakespeare Society’s Executive Board.  Although it has been months since we all met, our table is brimming with enthusiasm, excitement, and… Continue Reading »


By Jennie K. Brown   After my summer experience at the Folger Shakespeare Library, I decided that I was going to get my students up and moving around my classroom in some sort of Shakespeare activity within the first three days of school. And guess what? I did just that! On day two of the… Continue Reading »

TBT: Great Teaching Idea for Romeo and Juliet

We revisit Julia Perlowski’s active lesson surrounding Romeo and Juliet‘s Prologue from 2014.   By Julia Perlowski  If the use of Shakespeare’s early modern English is under attack in some “regular” and “honors” English classrooms, just think about what the reaction might be to the use of such rigorous text in an Intensive Reading class!… Continue Reading »

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