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Maxims for performing Shakespeare in the classroom

As the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute approaches the end of its third week, we return to Dan Bruno’s NCTE High School Matters blog, where he has been busy sharing some of the insights he’s gleaned from TSI sessions. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post in which Dan reviews some maxims for guiding students through performance-based learning in the… Continue Reading »


Dana Huff: A Model for Integrating Technology in the Classroom

[getty src=”171252433?et=ZoqmzaXaTphcNdtZArpvlw&sig=fUHVQyXIKAOG94288DIaetXdJyS6EjRlkQT2fac_yg8=” width=”507″ height=”387″] With all the technology tools out there, how can you sort out which ones are the most useful for your classroom? Dana Huff, the Humanities/Technology specialist for the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger, recently offered a valuable breakdown of some of the more popular tools. As she highlights, the… Continue Reading »


The Insider's Guide to Hamlet

  The Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet is on tour–heading to every country in the world–and it’s stopping at the Folger Shakespeare Library later this month. Therefore, we thought this would be an opportune time to revisit an invaluable teaching resource created by the Folger, the Insider’s Guide to Hamlet. The Insider’s Guide is a multimedia experience… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in American Life: Bringing American History into the English Classroom

[getty src=”167447077?et=_yXIZdIbRb507qdWa7nV9A&sig=O8Gp4Zd3wQ0kD41Bmk7N8RuHpYNfaBB7EJ5m-vZAtaw=” width=”507″ height=”387″] With the Fourth of July holiday weekend behind us, many teachers are turning again to the task of curriculum-building for the upcoming school year and thinking about ways to get this fresh batch of students interested in studying Shakespeare. Consider how it came to be that Americans over the centuries have so heartily… Continue Reading »


Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Week One, Almost Done

As we draw near to the end of the first week of TSI, we wanted to give you a glimpse into how things are going so far. The days are just packed! Our TSI teachers have acted on the Folger stage, looked through rare materials in our Reading Room, interacted with scholars in focused seminars, worked… Continue Reading »


Hurricanes and Introverts: Summer Reading, Contd.

[getty src=”108359561?et=EDS6Lgs_QM1Y1obLqsNjDA&sig=1x1jsq4TGaYkj-5EpGtCwEc1DNihofPS6TVXmNGlJ2o=” width=”478″ height=”407″] Our summer reading recommendations for English teachers (by English teachers) continue. Check out these fiction and non-fiction picks: A Prayer for Owen Meany by Jon Irving “I fell in love with the characters, all of them, and spent days thinking about the book after I’d closed the cover. Strong, beautiful, thoughtful… Continue Reading »


More summer reading recommendations for English teachers

Join us as we add to our list of summer reading recommendations by English teachers and for English teachers! Corinne Viglietta, an English teacher with BASIS DC in Washington, DC, offers these selections: – My first pick is Brian Boyd’s Why Lyrics Last: Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. We all love the plays, but Boyd reminds us why… Continue Reading »


Summer Reading Recommendations: Teacher to Teacher

Now that summer is here, we’re rounding up some summer reading recommendations–from English teachers, for English teachers. Let us know in the comments what you’re reading this summer and what you recommend. [getty src=”108916526?et=6V97PE4yREx-7LrLysc-sQ&ContextMore=on&sig=7bcY9z-lHu4_L0wsW-32qw3Tt_AyeihEFMo42DvJ-R4=” width=”508″ height=”398″] Here are four recommendations from Jill Burdick-Zupancic, who is in her sixth year of teaching and currently teaches Honors English and AP… Continue Reading »


TSI Reflections: Confidence, Tools, and Knowledge

To celebrate the 30-year milestone for the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, we’re doing a series of interviews with alumni. A few days ago, we talked with Geoff Stanbury, who participated in the 2010 TSI program. For our next interview, we turned to Mary Bevilacqua, a 1991 TSI alum who was a teacher for 30 years. Mary taught 9th… Continue Reading »