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NCTE Session Spotlight: Hamlet—and a Happy Hour, Too!

If you’re heading to St. Louis for NCTE 2017, please join us for tons of resources and strategies for teaching that beautiful beast, Hamlet. Everyone is invited to all of our sessions and activities, including the last of our five Friday sessions, “Student Close-read Hamlet by Putting It on Its Feet.” Bonus: come to our booth and also to the Folger happy hour at 6:00pm on Friday! Details about everything below. See you soon, if not in St. Louis then on Twitter (@FolgerED)!

Session E: Students Close-read Hamlet by Putting It on Its Feet
When: 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Where: Room 220
Who: Corinne Viglietta (D.C.), Stefanie Jochman (WI), and Jacqueline Smilack (CO)

Learn how to get ALL students learning and loving Hamlet from day one. Gain effective tools for connecting students to the rich language and big questions of this play—especially those juicy soliloquies! Practice using primary sources from the Folger vault to deepen student knowledge and ownership of the text. Learn how to sequence and scaffold learning from words to lines to whole speeches and scenes—and also what to do if you don’t have time to teach the whole play.

Stefanie Jochman teaches IB English and Freshman Reading/Writing Workshop at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia. A member of the Folger National Teacher Corps, Stefanie attended the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute and served on the faculty of the institute in 2016 (she hopes to see YOU at the institute in summer 2018!). Stefanie spent her first decade of teaching at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, WI, where she was the first teacher in the school’s history to win a Golden Apple Award from the Greater Green Bay Chamber. When she’s not busy figuring out how to smuggle fresh cheese curds to the east coast, she is learning how to swing dance and planning her next trip to a literary destination. Follow her on Twitter @MsJochman.


Jackie Smilack is an academic partner for Denver Public Schools, working to support secondary teachers in all things literacy and language arts. After discovering the Folger Shakespeare Library’s work at the national NCTE conference in 2015, she’s been obsessed with ways to engage with Shakespeare. Jacqueline joined the 2016 class of the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute. It wholly changed her teaching pedagogy and classroom culture. Jacqueline most recently completed a graduate certificate in Applied Shakespeare at the University of Colorado Boulder and is working to integrate theatre arts into English classrooms. Her aim in her professional life (and, let’s face it, personal life) is to get everyone excited about Shakespeare in some way.


Corinne Viglietta is Assistant Director of Education at Folger Shakespeare Library. I’m also the person writing this blog, a former classroom teacher who saw firsthand how the Folger method transforms teaching and learning. (Side note: it was my students who made me fall in love with this Shakespeare guy.) After years of using it with all kinds of students in all kinds of settings, I wanted to share it with everyone. At the Folger I get to learn a ton of new and exciting things, and I am honored to work alongside teachers on instruction that grows students’ knowledge and confidence as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners—and makes us all fall in love with language over and over again. Twitter: @CorinneVigliett


Folger Booth in the Exhibition Hall
When: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Booth: 922
Stop by the Folger booth for all things Folger: teaching ideas, digital resources, professional development options, and tons of fun, including a Shakespeare selfie station!

Friday Happy Hour!
Tigin Irish Pub
333 Washington Ave.