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Halloween at the Folger

  Join us tomorrow for Halloween fun, family, and Shakespeare. And candy. Lots of candy.  


James Shapiro and The Year of Lear

By Folger Education   Last week, the Folger hosted a book launch for our colleague James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and member of the Folger Board of Governors, discussed how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the… 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 »


DITCH THE SECOND DAY SYLLABUS AND READ SHAKESPEARE INSTEAD!

By Jennie K. Brown   After my summer experience at the Folger Shakespeare Library, I decided that I was going to get my students up and moving around my classroom in some sort of Shakespeare activity within the first three days of school. And guess what? I did just that! On day two of the… 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 »