Teaching Shakespeare!

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MACBETH Set Free Webinar

Folger Education, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will offer a free webinar on December 7th.  Don’t rush out to sign up because within three hours of posting a notice to our BardNotes subscribers all 150 available seats were filled.  We were excited by the response and surprised by the speed by which the session filled.  What we think this means it that there is a real need for more opportunities for teachers to have access to professional development via the internet.  Are we correct in drawing this conclusion? If we are, then what content would you like to see Folger Education develop for future webinars?


  • I would be interested in ideas to reach disinterested or general prep students in high school in understanding or making connections with Shakespeare’s works, particularly Macbeth and Hamlet.

  • Regis,
    The webinar will be posted on our site soon. We’ll notify people who registered, who tried to register but were closed out, and all of our subscribers to BardNotes, our e-newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber to BardNotes, please sign up at http://www.folger.edu/enews. It’s free and comes out monthly, usually the first week of the month.

  • Mary-Anna,
    Thanks for your response. We have found that getting students up on their feet and speaking Shakespeare’s language is the best way to engage them in his plays. We do this with activities like Slugs vs. Clods, a series of Shakespearean insults — lines from his plays — that can be done individually or chorally in class. It’s a great way to get the students to speak the language and have fun. Once they are having fun — and this goes for any students — they are more likely to take the next step in the study of the plays. There are lesson plans on our website: http://www.folger.edu/lessonplans or http://www.folger.edu/playbyplay (click on the specific play you’re interested in and you’ll find all of our resources there). If you don’t have the activity I mentioned above, let me know and I’ll try to send it directly to you from the Folger.

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