Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Posts By: Mike LoMonico

"We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart."

Let’s take a break from our usual education-based Blog and pause for an adult beverage or two. After all, if you’ve been grading essays and teaching Shakespeare for a while, you may need a drink. One of my favorite libations is Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout made in Newport, Oregon. The Rogue Brewery website describes this brew as “ebony… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare: Worlds Together Conference

Team Folger just returned from  the Worlds Together Conference, part of the World Shakespeare Festival in London. Worlds Together was a collaboration between Tate Modern, Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and British Museum. This international conference brought together artists and educators to explore the place of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s learning today. Held at… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in the City–NYC, that is.

For anyone who wants to truly be in the know, here’s your chance. Shakespeare 101 at the Greene Space—based on my book– is the ultimate interactive guide to the great Bard. If you are in NYC on Sunday, do try to stop down. It is being produced by WNYC and will be simulcast as well…. Continue Reading »


The Globe to Globe Festival on Your Computer

As I mentioned in my post, “Oh, to Be in England” on May 3,  Shakespeare’s Globe is presenting a marathon of 37 plays with acting companies from around the world. But if you can’t get to the Globe to Globe Festival, there is now an alternative. A UK site called The Space is running  full-length videos of them… Continue Reading »


Oh, to Be in England…

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival features more Shakespeare than has ever been assembled anywhere.


A Crime to Teach Shakespeare as We Do Now

Don’t be alarmed. My headline doesn’t apply to most of you who are followers of this Blog. And I don’t mean to malign or indict  other Shakespeare teachers. So please read on. That headline appeared in an article in the NY Times in 1916 on the 300th commemoration of Shakespeare’s death. Plans are already underway at the Folger… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in other worlds

Shakespeare is taught all over the world, both in English-speaking and non-English speaking countries. Suzanne Worthington, RSC Education has created the World Shakespeare Classroom Wiki for the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival in London that looks at how Shakespeare is taught around the world.   Here are a few highlights: Algeria: Some students  from Ahmed Lamarchi High School discuss Shakespeare  and do a short… Continue Reading »


All Students Deserve Shakespeare

In my January 5th  Blog entry, Shakespeare in Other Words,  I ranted against using “modernized” or “Shakespeare Made Easy” versions of the plays. But those well-meaning teachers who use those books are at least trying, and I suspect, with a bit of help and some quality professional development, they will toss those books and get… Continue Reading »


Sweets to the Tweets: Farewell.

It all started with a Blog entry I posted here last week called Shakespeare in Other Words.  Suddenly,  Howard Sherman @HESherman and Peter Marks @petermarksdrama took that post to a new direction and began a heated  session on Twitter about the use of modern translations in Shakespeare productions. Before I knew it, Sherman organized a Tweet… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare…in other words

Why are there so many “modern” versions of Shakespeare’s plays? There are plenty of great books that don’t need translated versions. We don’t look for easier versions of Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, or Fitzgerald (or at least, I hope we don’t.) But re-doing Shakespeare seems to be a favorite sport of publishers. In a way, we… Continue Reading »