With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and NYIT, Folger Education just completed an 8-week on-line course on Teaching Macbeth. Enrollment was capped at 30 participants, each of whom received a Folger Toolkit. Each session was 90-minutes long and was live using Elluminate.
Here is a summary of the sessions:
Week 1: Mike LoMonico and Bob Young, lead teachers
This session introduced teachers to the Folger Shakespeare Library and all the resources that are available for teachers, including Lesson Plans, Images, Podcasts, and YouTube videos. Then thye gave an overview of the course and explored the Toolkit. Finally, they discussed the philosophy of Folger Education and demonstrated some pre-reading language activities.
Week 2: Chris Renino, lead teacher
This session focused on the Macbeth unit in Shakespeare Set Free. Unit editor Chris Renino demonstrated some of the most popular lessons in the book.
Week 3: Kevin Costa, lead teacher
Kevin discussed editing Macbeth, both in the academic processes that were used to create the Folger editions as well as how editing can be a tool for students to employ. Several videos of series editor, Barbara Mowat were included. Then Kevin demonstrated editing activities that can help students focus on the language and discover Macbeth by themselves.
Week 4: Sue Biondo-Hench, lead teacher
Sue demonstrated some activities that she uses to front load a Shakespeare Unit. Participants shared their ideas and contributed other teaching ideas.
Week 5: Jaime Wong, lead teacher
Jaime presented activities and led a discussion on using clips from Shakespeare productions in the classroom, as well as the Special Features from the Folger Shakespeare Library/Two River Company 2008 production Macbeth (DVD included in the toolkit). Participants viewed the performance and Special Features section of the DVD previous to the session.
Week 6 Chris Shamburg, lead teacher
Shakespeare, Digitally had five parts:
Act 1 Why Shakespeare and Technology; Act 2 Three Big Trends in Technology (and why they work great with Shakespeare); Act 3 Ideas and Technologies; Act 4 Shakespeare, Technology, and Inclusive Education; Act 5 Wrap Up
Week 7: Amy Ulen, lead teacher
Week 8: Bob Young and Carol Kelly, lead teachers
This final session focused on how to create a Shakespeare Festival and how to assess performance-based approaches to teaching Shakespeare.