Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Posts By: Caitlin Griffin

Scholar Lecture: Margaret Mauer – Emilia and Roderigo in Othello

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today, I took an excerpted discussion from the in-lecture chatroom moderated by Robert Barker during which our participants discussed speculation of the plays, character… Continue Reading »


Early Week Two: 7/9 – 7/10

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today, Abbey Hope shares her experience from last week’s busy first days, and her takeaways from working with our Scholars and Guest Lecturers. (Editor’s Note:… Continue Reading »


Why English? How English?

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today, Bill Parsons shares an insight he explored during TSI that he’ll take back to his classroom this fall: Lately I’ve tried to put… Continue Reading »


Thee, thou, and you: Pronouns in the Sonnets Day 5 of TSI

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today we’ll look back on yesterday’s very full day of activities with Greta Brasgalla: And we are back for another week!  Today was a… Continue Reading »


A Day in the Life of the TSI Interns

For each summer of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute, Folger Education brings in two dedicated interns specifically for the program. Hannah and Megan, this year’s interns, share what their average day during TSI has been so far: 6:00am: Hannah’s alarm goes off. Hannah is living on site at the Folger with other TSI Faculty members. 6:20am:… Continue Reading »


"You are welcome, masters; welcome, all."

This past weekend began our latest summer of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute! TSI, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives us the opportunity to meet 25 secondary teachers from all over the country, and explore performance-based teaching with them for their own classroom experience. TSI is a bustling time at the Folger, with… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Behind Bars

Many of you have probably heard about the Luther Luckett Correctional Facility’s program Shakespeare Behind Bars from the 2005 documentary. Now in its 18th year, the program still makes headlines for its heartfelt, simply staged performances and intelligent, honest discourse from the program’s participants. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2kr5wV_AiQ] The premise of the program is that for a year,… Continue Reading »


Why, what read you there?

I loved summer reading lists. Not that I loved being assigned homework over the summer, but it was a list of books I was now considered “ready” to read! The Hobbit after 5th grade, Shabanu into 8th, Jane Eyre into 9th… I was introduced (or re-introduced) to some excellent literature, which I could take with me to… Continue Reading »


KinderBard

If you’ve been reading this blog at all, you know that we know Kids love Shakespeare – especially when that love is creatively fostered and encouraged with play! – and that even the youngest children can find something to enjoy and relate to. (I mean, this exists!) How young, you ask? The Kim family has been working… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare at His Best

Shakespeare for Students with Special Needs ~by Christopher Shamburg  On  June 5th the students of A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City gave two public performances of Macbeth.   A. Harry Moore a special education school that services students ages 3-21 with various medical, physical, and cognitive disabilities.  It is the laboratory school of New Jersey City… Continue Reading »