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“Happy Birthday, Will! Thanks for Making Me Use My Brain!” (and More Texts from Your Classrooms)

There’s been a lot of buzz lately around the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which we commemorated on April 23, 2016. (Yes: tradition says that poor Will died on his birthday in 1616.) Last week we invited you—teachers and students everywhere—to text Shakespeare your birthday wishes, and the responses were honey-tongued, well-wishing, and OVERWHELMING! And… Continue Reading »


“William’s My Man… Your Books Still Poppin’!” (and Other Awesome Texts from Your Classrooms)

Thank you, teachers and students everywhere, for texting Will Shakespeare your fabulous birthday messages! We’re sharing a few today on this blog and on Twitter (@FolgerEd), and we’ll even read some more on The Wonder of Will LIVE, our live streaming event on CSPAN2 and Folger.edu… taking place on the big day itself, April 23rd!… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare on Testing

Whether it’s the PARCC, Smarter Balanced, IB, AP, or another high-stakes assessment, we know lots of you and your students have testing on the brain… which is why we thought you might enjoy reading a few lines from Shakespeare, all on the subject of—what else?—tests. The word “test” appears 4 times in Shakespeare’s works:  … Continue Reading »


What a Festival!

Big thanks to everyone who made this year’s 9-day Secondary School Shakespeare Festival a total blast! Enjoy these photos of Festival goers from all kinds of classrooms in all kinds of schools all over the DC area. O joyful days!    


4 Reasons to Use the Web in a Shakespeare Unit

Don’t get us wrong. We love—like, love—paper. We’re a rare book library, after all. We’re crazy for the codex! At the same time, we’re excited about all that the digital realm is doing for readers, teachers, students, and lovers of language. Here are 4 reasons to integrate technology in your language-based, performance-rich Shakespeare unit. Teaching… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare’s First Folio—and a Classroom in Arkansas!

  Just before Thanksgiving and in honor of our exhibition that is touring to every state and two US territories—First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare—we announced our intention to give away a facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio. At the annual NCTE meeting in Minneapolis, many teachers signed on in hopes of winning this great… Continue Reading »


#FolgerNCTE: Connect with us in Minneapolis and online!

On Tuesday we shared our lineup of Folger sessions at this year’s convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Today we’re blogging from the Minneapolis Convention Center, where we’re getting ready for tomorrow’s interactive sessions (join us!) and lots, lots more. Have we mentioned how much we love NCTE and this annual… Continue Reading »


Join a Folger Session at NCTE 2015 in Minneapolis!

  Heading to the NCTE Convention this week in Minneapolis? We hope you’ll connect with us there! Here’s how: Attend a session. Check out our full lineup of Friday sessions: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 Room 102ABC 9:30-10:45AM “The Folger Approach, Part 1: Getting Started with Shakespeare’s Language” Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Folger Glenda Funk, Highland (ID)… Continue Reading »


5 Ways to Connect with Folger Education Today and throughout 2016

Next week, we’ll have the chance to connect with thousands of teaching colleagues at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Minneapolis. (Check back here soon for the scoop on our conference sessions and teaching demos, exhibit hall booth, flash mob, and giveaways!) We hope to meet—or, in many cases, reconnect… Continue Reading »


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