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Whose Shakespeare? MY SHAKESPEARE!

~By Bill Parsons As a warm up to this year’s Shakespeare plays, I had students read and perform Act 3, scene 3 — the scene where Cinna the Poet is confronted, attacked, and (possibly) murdered by a group of angry citizens. This lesson is borrowed from one of the many resources available on the Folger… Continue Reading »


Close Encounters with the Bard

It’s true that you never know the way(s) in which you’ll be affected by the works of William Shakespeare.  Last summer, the Folger Shakespeare Library hosted twenty-five teachers from around the country who participated in Folger Education’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute.  This four-week program where teachers explore four plays from the viewpoints of scholarship, pedagogy, and… Continue Reading »


Through Fresh Eyes

This week, the High School Fellowship class gave their final presentations on their semester-long research paper and illumination projects. It’s always exciting to see what they’ve come up with to present. Near the beginning of the semester, they’re given the parameters for their project: write a 5 page research paper on one of the 3… Continue Reading »


Singing in the Rain

~by Jessica Lander (re-printed with permission) Where better to teach Macbeth than in a monsoon? When shall we three meet again?  In thunder, lightening, or in rain? That’s exactly what we did one muggy July afternoon when the ominous skies finally split, releasing a torrential downpour. For an hour already we had been rehearsing indoors… Continue Reading »


Teaching Shakespeare FAQs

Teaching Shakespeare can seem daunting, especially if you’re teaching Shakespeare for the first time or if your students are encountering Shakespeare for the first time. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions. Our experience is that with a little preparation, studying Shakespeare can be fun and rewarding for all students… Continue Reading »



"I stand in pause where I shall first begin,"

The weather has been positively autumnal in Washington, DC this week – perfect for it coinciding with the first few days of a new school year. While you’re getting to know your freshest crop of young minds, here’s a look back at some ways to prepare for getting Shakespeare started in your classroom! A Teacher… Continue Reading »


The Joy of Researching at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Last week, our twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars bid farewell to the Folger and returned to their school districts to get ready for the new school term.  They had a month-long intensive institute filled with opportunities to engage Shakespeare’s plays through curriculum, performance, and research-based activities.  Our first look at the feedback we received from our… 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 »


Bard-Art

Sometimes before jumping into the physical art of performance, we like to explore other media with students to expand their discussion of Shakespeare. We’ve mentioned the myriad of ways students approach an Illumination Project in our High School Fellowship Program, shown you examples of “remixing” Shakespeare’s text with audio effects, tried our hand at animating… Continue Reading »