Teaching Shakespeare!

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"I stand in pause where I shall first begin,"

The weather has been positively autumnal in Washington, DC this week – perfect for it coinciding with the first few days of a new school year. While you’re getting to know your freshest crop of young minds, here’s a look back at some ways to prepare for getting Shakespeare started in your classroom!

A Teacher Prepares

Start Me Up…

students from Brent Elementary in Washington, DC, learn a few of Shakespeare’s trickier words during Shakespeare Steps Out

What will your students connect to most? Rhythm? Story? Character? Language? Performance-based teaching allows you ways to connect thought to movement, word to action, and get your students connected to Shakespeare’s words:

Where to Begin?

I Must Begin with the Rudiments of Art

Once More Unto the Classroom, Dear Friends


If you have a choice of which play to teach, or which play you’d choose to direct, we offer our advice for choosing (and make the case for our own favorites):

The Play’s the Thing: The Problem is Choice

Why isn’t Titus Andronicus Taught More Often?


Finally, one important thing to remember is to check in with your class, and offer them time for reflection on what they’ve learned:

I Noticed…

But by Reflection…


How do you kick off the school year with your class? What have you done to begin your Shakespeare unit? Which play will you be teaching this year? Let us know! We love hearing from teachers!

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