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“Take heed, ere summer comes:” Teaching Romeo and Juliet Intensive

Guest post by Michael Klein It didn’t take me long to rethink how to look at Shakespeare texts after listening to Dr. Ann Cook Calhoun compare them to a musical score. “Reading texts sitting at a desk is like looking at musical notations without hearing the instruments” she said during the English-Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Teacher… Continue Reading »


Common Core standing tall onstage at the Folger

Let’s make a date for another day to have a longer, more nuanced conversation about the many parts of the Common Core. For now, I just want to say that if we could put politics aside and testing aside (and unfortunately, in our beloved field of education, we can put aside neither for long), the… Continue Reading »


Resources for the Shakespeare plays YOU are teaching

Last week, we took a reader poll to ask which Shakespeare plays were being taught this semester. Top of the list (as of this writing): Romeo and Juliet, with more than 25 percent of the vote. Macbeth took second place with 22 percent, and Hamlet third with 10 percent. Our write-in option was also quite… Continue Reading »


#FolgerOfficeHours and The Winter's Tale

Last Thursday the Folger Education department took to Twitter for our second “office hours” session to talk with teachers about how they’re teaching Shakespeare. We love having an informal time to interact with you, answer your questions, and find out what your students are working on. Here’s a great question we received from James Evans: @FolgerED Creating resources for Winter's Tale…. Continue Reading »


Teaching Shakespeare Institute: boot camp for English teachers

We could tell you all about the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute–the intensity and rigor of our classes, the practical techniques that go on to prove their worth in the classroom over and over, the fun times and good memories with other like-minded teachers who becoming lifelong friends. But we’ll let some of our alumni tell you about their… Continue Reading »


A Sonnet for Shakespeare's Birthday Party

Each year, Folger Shakespeare Library invites students in grades 3 through 12 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to submit original sonnets for the annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Contest. We are now taking submissions for this year’s contest, marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! All entries must follow Shakespearean sonnet form: 14 lines of iambic pentameter… Continue Reading »


Richard III: Science class meets history class meets English class

Until earlier this fall, I was clearly the one in love with words, literature, classrooms, teachers’ lounges, theatre.  Math and science not so much.  OK, so my grade in Biology as a college freshman was D.  Not so interested in photosynthesis. Still not the least bit interested in photosynthesis, but now I am crazily interested… Continue Reading »


Cutting Shakespeare and Untangling Iambic Pentameter

On Thursday, we hosted our first Folger “office hours” – a digital opportunity for you to bring your questions about teaching Shakespeare. And we got some good ones! The theme was Romeo and Juliet, but we also had some lively discussion going about more general topics, like iambic pentameter. If you’re interested in seeing all… Continue Reading »


Introducing… Folger Office Hours

After our master class in December on teaching Romeo and Juliet, we got so many great questions on the play and on how to make Shakespeare a success in the classroom. We wanted the conversation to continue, and so we thought to ourselves, why not create a dedicated time each month for teachers to share… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare In December: They go, they go, look how they go

By David Fulco     As the cold weather sets in, the auditorium in a small school gets used more frequently than before. Where in the fall my Shakespeare Troupe had the run of the auditorium after school, now we split the space with cheerleaders, holiday concerts and even the basketball team, which uses the… Continue Reading »