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WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG!

Big news, teaching colleagues: We’ve got a new blog, and we heartily welcome you to it! Teaching Shakespeare! A Folger Education Blog brings you classroom ideas and reflections from colleagues across the country, along with all kinds of cool news from your friends at Folger Education. With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016,… Continue Reading »


How to Make ALL Students Fall in Love with Close Reading

This summer I had the privilege of participating in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy. During this week-long intensive program, I was given multiple strategies for teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other Shakespearean works.   I learned that I should allow the students to perform scenes according to how they interpret the language…. Continue Reading »


Instagram + Hamlet = Instagr(H)am-let!

At the end of TSI 2014, I made a pledge that I would not read the syllabus to my class on the first day of school.   After a summer collaborating with some of the most innovative teachers in the country, it did seem a shame that I would return to my classroom and fall… Continue Reading »


About a Book

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to participate in a printing workshop at Folger using a replica of a printing press like the ones used in Shakespeare’s time. The invention and popularity of the printing press changed the way books were produced, increasing the output and cutting the cost of making a book…. Continue Reading »


Words, Whitman, and Water: What You’re Hearing in School These Days

By Folger Education   In this month’s Bard Notes, Peggy O’Brien asked our teaching colleagues one question: What’s the most compelling sentence—from the mouth of a student or a teacher or a principal — that you’ve heard in the last week? And…wow! Here’s what you shared:   “We are ALL here to learn.” – Maureen Berzok… Continue Reading »


How I Spent My Summer Vacation…at the Folger

By Emma Remsberg   At the end of June, I started my internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. It was an exciting and busy time for the Education office, every spare table space being used to house an intern.   Reflecting on my internship, it’s hard to choose a favorite part. I love the milieu… Continue Reading »


Talking to a Piece of Writing

By Casey Christenson   “Yeaahhhhhh, a close reading.  So, liiiikkkkkeeeee, what do you mean?”   Inevitably and understandably this is a strategy I must visit and revisit with my students each year. This time it’s while I’m handing out photocopies of Barbara Ascher’s “On Compassion,” and it has only been about twenty-four hours since the… Continue Reading »


Read On…Part 2

By Folger Education We’re back with the second half of your summer reading recommendations. Be sure to read till the end for a bonus list!   Book Title Author Portrait of a Lady Henry James Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan Tiffany Stern Romeo is Bleeding (Movie) Peter Medak Room Emma Donoghue Ruby Cynthia Bond Savage… Continue Reading »


Read On…

By Peggy O’Brien   In our June issue of BardNotes, I posed four questions to y’all.  Three of them were requesting your advice about our blog and some new directions it might take.  I snuck in the fourth question, purely for my own selfish purpose.  I asked you what I should read this summer.  … Continue Reading »


Making Magic at the Folger

By Deborah Gascon When I introduced myself as one of the master teachers (the other was the fabulous Michael LoMonico) to the 29 teachers participating in the Folger’s first Summer Academy, I told them the Folger was a magical place.  I thought about the unicorn painted on a screen on the ceiling of the Folger… Continue Reading »